Pacers hold off Bulls to avoid elimination

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, Last Updated: 6:12 PM ET

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Pacers hold off a furious rally and playoff elimination with an 89-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Roy Hibbert added 16 points and 10 boards for Indiana, which still faces a 3-1 series deficit heading into Tuesday's Game 5 in Chicago. But the Pacers dominated for almost all of Saturday's contest to prevent the Bulls from sweeping the Eastern Conference quarterfinal set.

Indiana led by as many as 18 and was still up by double digits with two minutes left, but top-seeded Chicago staged a comeback and nearly pulled it off, getting within a point with 15.3 seconds left.

But Carlos Boozer missed a potential tying three-pointer with only a few seconds remaining, and Granger made two free throws to secure the outcome in another close game. Every contest in this series has been decided by six points or fewer.


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