The Chicago Bulls knew they were already in for a battle against the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Pacers, who currently have the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference, have struggled lately, winning just five of their last 10. Still, with Paul George and the masterful work of head coach Frank Vogel, Indiana is a tough matchup night in and night out. Then, the Bulls found out that Derrick Rose would be a late scratch with hamstring tendinitis.
The odds seemed stacked against Chicago, but the Bulls put up a good fight and were leading heading into the start of the fourth quarter, 66-62. Could they keep it up and pull out the win? That's when Jimmy Butler came alive, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. But none of his baskets were more valuable than his game-winning tip-in to give the Bulls the 102-100 lead with just 1.2 seconds remaining in OT.
"A broken play," Butler said, when asked about the game-winning basket after the game. "But when you play with great players like Pau, they somehow found a way. I just got the tip-in."
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[via NBA TV]