Despite not leading at any point of the night, the Indiana Pacers found themselves with the ball and a chance to win against the Chicago Bulls, but Jimmy Butler got away with a foul on Paul George on the final possession to help Chicago escape with a win. The Pacers stormed back from a 15-point third quarter deficit to control their own destiny in the fourth, but they had the misfortune of relying on the officials to decide the game.
George had a big second half to help put Indiana in position to win, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Monta Ellis also played well in the second half in particular as part of his 20 point night, dishing out six assists. C.J. Miles had four first half three pointers, scoring 19 on the night. Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill each pulled in 12 rebounds and Lavoy Allen had eight points to lead the bench.
Indiana's biggest struggles came at the free throw line, shooting just 67%, though Chicago gave away even more at the line. Chicago's fast start, fueled by Derrick Rose's 23 points before he left with an ankle injury, gave the Bulls enough of a cushion to keep Indiana at arm's length most of the night before they went ice cold in the fourth.