I said it was going to happen. The first three games of the series were just too tight for the Pacers not to steal one from the Bulls and finally on Saturday it happened. Indy avoided the sweep by beating Chicago 89-84.
The Bulls poor shooting continued and it shows when they there leading scorer is center Joakim Noah, who had 21. He also added 14 rebounds. Drose had another BAD game going 6-22 from the field in 43 minutes scoring only 15 points, He did however have 10 assists. Part of the reason for Derrick's poor game might have been the ankle injury he suffered late in the first quarter.
Indy was lead as usual by Danny Granger who lead all scorers with 24. The Pacers showed they were serious early getting Roy Hibbert involved who had this best game of the serious with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hibbert made his presence known on both ends of the court and got several of the Bulls' bigs in foul trouble early.
The Pacers completely outplayed Chicago in the first half but as usual for this Bulls team it was a story of two half. After scoring only 33 points in the first two quarters they scored 51 in the second half. And at the end much like every other game in the serious they still had a chance to win.
Down 1 with just 15 seconds and the Pacers ball it become a free throw game. Granger made 2 to make it a 3 point game 87-84 then the Bulls might have had the worst broken play ever. Anytime Carlos Boozer is taking a 3 to tie the game you know it's bad. Why were Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer both on the floor when they needed a 3 to tie? Korver then fouled Granger on the rebound and lead to 2 more made free throws to result in the final of 89-84.
So now the series heads back to Chicago for game 5 which will be Tuesday. The time has yet to be announced as the NBA waits to see what other series might go 5 games. I fully expect as I have said all along for the Bulls to finish off Indy and send a message to those doubters as they head into the second round. Remember if you are heading to the game wear your red and get ready to rock the Madhouse.