Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Friday, December 20th
Game 2: Saturday, December 21st
Game 3: Friday, March 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th

Pacers 103

(46-32, 15-24 away)

Bulls 115

(28-50, 25-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 28 28 29 18103
    CHI 34 20 31 30115

    Top Performers

    Indiana: J. O'Neal 38 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Chicago: J. Crawford 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast

    Crawford scores 14 of career-high 33 in final minutes

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Consider this the Chicago Bulls' going-away present for Jerry Krause.

    With "JK" written on his sneakers, Jamal Crawford scored 14 of his career-high 33 points in the last four minutes Tuesday night as the Bulls stunned the Indiana Pacers 115-103.

    "I'd like to thank Jerry Krause for putting this all together. It's kind of sad that he's not here," Crawford said of the former general manager, who suddenly resigned Monday because of health problems. "He had a lot of faith in us, and this win is dedicated to him."

    Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal tied his career high with 38 points and also had 13 rebounds. Brad Miller had 18 points and 10 rebounds against his old team, and Jamaal Tinsley had 10 assists.

    But it wasn't enough for the Pacers, who blew a chance to pull within a half-game of first-place Detroit in the Central Division. Indiana remains 1½ games behind the Pistons with four left to play.

    "I'm extremely upset," O'Neal said. "We seem to turn a corner but end up right back where we were. I can't understand. We can't get a total team effort."

    Indiana has beaten Chicago in 16 of their last 19 meetings, including a 140-89 embarrassment March 28. The 51-point loss was the second-biggest in Bulls history, and Jalen Rose reminded his teammates of it every chance he got.

    "That was on our minds," said Eddy Curry, who had two big rebounds and a block in the last three minutes to go with his 15 points. "We definitely wanted to pay them back for what they did."

    But more importantly, this game was for Krause. After breaking up the championship team, the former GM put his reputation on the line with the Baby Bulls. The wins have taken a while to come -- Chicago will finish with its fifth straight losing season -- but Krause never lost faith in the youngsters.

    And they will never forget that. Curry and Tyson Chandler also had "JK" written on their sneakers, and Curry said each player decided on his own to do it.

    "It was the least we could do," Curry said. "He means so much to us. He's the one that brought us all here, and we can never repay that."

    Jalen Rose scored 21 of his 27 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the Bulls, and the teams were tied going into the fourth.

    But O'Neal wasted little time putting the Pacers in front. After going scoreless in the third quarter, he had nine points in the first five minutes of the fourth.

    He followed a three-point play with two thunderous dunks to give Indiana a 98-91 lead with 6:52 to play.

    But the Baby Bulls refused to back down. Corey Blount scored on a layup, and Curry made a pair of free throws and a three-point play to tie the game at 98 with 4:48 to play.

    After O'Neal made two free throws, the Pacers made a costly error, getting a technical for a defensive three-second violation. Rose made the free throw, and Crawford came up with two key baskets.

    He scored on a floater in the lane and then drilled a 3-pointer that brought the United Center crowd to its feet and gave the Bulls a 104-100 lead with 3:16 to play. Crawford broke into a grin as the ball swished through the net, and he skipped over to the Bulls' bench when Indiana called a timeout, trading high fives with his teammates.

    "I just got in a good rhythm," Crawford said.

    And he wasn't done. He scored on two more driving layups after the timeout, drawing a foul on the second. He converted the three-point play, giving Chicago a comfortable 109-101 lead with two minutes left.

    The Pacers missed four field goals and a pair of free throws, and Crawford made four free throws to seal the victory.

    "Crawford was fantastic," Reggie Miller said. "That was a lost opportunity, especially this late in the season with only a handful of games left. It's a tough loss in this situation. There's no sense of urgency, and it's going to come back and bite us."

    Game notes
    Chandler sat out the second half and is expected to miss Wednesday's game after a recurrence of an inflamed esophagus. He is on medication for the condition, which caused him to miss two games last week. But he said he forgot to take the medication Tuesday, and acid built up in his chest during the first half of Chicago's victory against the Indiana Pacers. ... Indiana forward Ron Mercer did not dress because of lower back pain. ... Bulls C Dalibor Bagaric missed the game to be with his wife, Jasmina, who had the couple's first child, a girl, earlier Tuesday. ... Austin Croshere had a layup waved off at the end of the first quarter. Replays showed the buzzer had sounded before the ball left his hand.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 115
    FGM-FGA 37-76 (.487) 41-87 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 5-21 (.238) 8-15 (.533)
    FTM-FTA 24-32 (.750) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-43 13-38
    Assists 30 28
    Turnovers 17 11
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 38
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 33
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0