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Rush led the charge with 12 points, nailing 4 of 5 3-pointers and connecting from the outside with two minutes left in the half to tie it at 52. Dahntay Jones answered a jumper by Chicago's Kirk Hinrich with two free throws to tie it again at 54 with 1:24 left, before a layup by Deng and jumper by Rose gave the Bulls the 58-54 halftime lead.
Deng scored nine in the third period as Chicago outscored the Pacers 37-28, and he finished the game seven points shy of his career high. Flip Murray scored 16. Kirk Hinrich scored 14 and so did Taj Gibson, who also grabbed 11 rebounds.
NOTES: Pacers F Mike Dunleavy missed the game because of food poisoning. ... Chicago's Joakim Noah, bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot, had five points in seven minutes.
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