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Indiana shot just 37.9 percent and was 1 of 10 from 3-point range -- not enough to beat the East's No. 1 seed even with an off-night from Rose.
"So what? I missed shots," Rose said. "My teammates were hitting them."
Indiana used an 8-0 second-quarter run to take its first lead but settled for a 42-42 halftime tie.
The Pacers led briefly again in the third quarter before making two free throws to close the third quarter and scoring the first six points of the fourth to build a 70-65 lead with 9:28 left.
That's when Rose and Korver took control.
"Kyle did come to me, and it's great when you have a teammate come to you as the point guard," Rose said. "We kept going to him because we knew (Darren) Collison would be on him and he has a great release, pretty high."
Collison also was playing with a sprained left ankle.
Korver took advantage by hitting a 3-pointer to make it 75-70 and another 3 to push it to 78-74 with 6:01 left.
But when the Bulls needed a late basket, they went right back to Rose, who found the crease he needed to put Indiana on the verge of elimination.
"The whole time, I was just thinking I'll go to the hole," Rose said. "It was tough the whole night the way they were playing, but at that time, I saw space and went for it."
NOTES: Former Pacers star Reggie Miller said he remembers the early 1990s when his team would host the Bulls at Market Square Arena and the crowd would be about 60 percent Bulls fans. He said that changed when the Pacers proved to be legitimate Eastern Conference contenders. ... Noting Chicago's history of traveling in large numbers, Vogel asked the fans to support the team, joking that metal detectors would keep Bulls fans out of the building. ... The game was a sellout, and Indiana had a clear advantage in crowd support. Indiana, which was last in the league in attendance during the regular season, had just six sellouts before Thursday's game. ... Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game to support the Bulls. He stood along the baseline in pregame warmups, and even chatted with Rose for a few moments.
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