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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 92, Pacers 87

By Nick Friedell

INDIANAPOLIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 92-87 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How it happened: Kyle Korver had a big night off the bench, scoring 20 points and hitting several big shots down the stretch as the Bulls bested their divisional rival. Joakim Noah had another solid performance, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and seven rebounds.

What it means: The Bulls played like a team that is ready for the postseason to begin. They could have rolled over and decided to coast into the playoffs, but Tom Thibodeau played Noah and Luol Deng 34 minutes apiece. Unlike a lot of teams in the same situation, the Bulls didn't approach this game lightly. They played with an edge all night. That's just the way Thibodeau wanted it. The only bad sign for the Bulls on this night was that Derrick Rose still looked pretty rusty. In 25 minutes of action, Rose was just 3-for-11 from the field and seemed hesitant at times on the floor. His ankle looks a little better and he drove to the rim more, but he still didn't look like the Rose of old. There is still time for him to turn things around, but he only has one more regular game to work with. Rose didn't struggle as much as Rip Hamilton did on Wednesday. He was just 2-for-10 in 27 minutes and looked out of rhythm with Rose on the floor.

Stat of the night: The Bulls outrebounded the Pacers 44-37.

Bold play of the game: With 4:04 left in the fourth quarter and his team leading 82-73, Korver knocked down a triple and gave the Bulls the padding they needed to close the game out.

What's next: The Bulls close out the regular season on Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.