Clark Kellogg scored 34 points as the Indiana Pacers withstood a fourth-quarter rally tonight to down the Chicago Bulls, 107-103.
Indiana led from the beginning, built a 22-point margin and achieved a 54-33 lead at halftime in its final home game of the season.
"In the first half, we couldn't make a shot," said Bulls Coach Kevin Loughery. "We were fortunate we weren't down 34 or 40 (points)."
But the Bulls, behind 10 points each from Michael Jordan (22 points) and Orlando Woolridge, closed to within 73-68 with 2:06 remaining in the third period.
Two field goals by Indiana's Jim Thomas and two free throws by Kellogg put the Pacers on top, 83-74, at the end of the period.
With Kellogg getting five points, Indiana's lead grew to 95-80 with 7:16 to go.
But the Bulls went on an 18-7 run with guard Wes Matthews (21 points) scoring six points. Jordan's three-point play pulled the Bulls to 102-98 with 2:15 left.
Steve Stipanovich's four free throws in the final minutes ensured the Pacers' second straight victory.
"We had four (road) games in six days, but you can't use tiredness as an excuse," Jordan said. "We get paid to play."
Indiana's Vern Fleming finished with 18 points.