CHICAGO (AP) -- Jalen Rose might want to hold onto these shoes.
Rose scored all but three of his 28 points in the fourth quarter
Saturday night, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 110-103 victory over
the Indiana Pacers and a split of their back-to-back series.
Rose had a horrid game Friday in Indiana, missing his first eight shots and finishing 7-for-24 in Chicago's 101-86 loss. It was so bad he tossed his shoes and the rest of his gear after the game.
His new stuff didn't seem to have any better karma, though. He missed his first seven shots, not making a basket until five minutes into the third quarter.
Then came the fourth, when Rose's 25 set a United Center record for points in a quarter.
"I just kept the faith,'' Rose said. "I don't know if it was pressing. I just wasn't knocking down shots. I wasn't knocking down shots in warmups. Sometimes it's like that.''
But not two nights in a row. And not against his old team.
"I've got a lot of great teammates,'' Rose said. "I was getting beat up at the end of the third quarter and I decided it was time to step up and lead.''
That's exactly what he did, scoring 16 of his team's last 19 points. He also had seven rebounds and five assists against the Pacers, who traded him to the Bulls in February for Brad Miller, Ron Mercer and Ron Artest.
"We waited for him. I'm glad he showed up,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "I'm pleased that he gathered himself, and like so many times this season, he came through for us in the fourth quarter.''
Marcus Fizer had 18 off the bench and Donyell Marshall added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won six of their last eight. Jay Williams had a busy night, finishing with 14 points and 13 assists despite getting three stitches in the forehead after being elbowed in the head by Reggie Miller.
Brad Miller had another big night against the Bulls, leading the Pacers with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Reggie Miller had 22 points, and Al Harrington had 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Pacers were playing short-handed, missing their top defensive player, Artest (stomach ailment), and their leading scorer, Jermaine O'Neal (sprained knee).
And a horrid start didn't help. The Pacers made just three of their first 13 shots and turned the ball over three times in the first six minutes of the game.
They shot less than 39 percent for the night, and were outscored
in the paint 52-36. They had 37 free throw attempts to Chicago's
20, but missed 10.
"We could not knock shots down,'' Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "Free throws, those are things that extend the momentum, keep the momentum going and keep a team at bay.''
But the Pacers couldn't keep Rose quiet forever. He'd made no secret that he wanted to play well in these games against Indiana, the team he helped take to the NBA Finals in 2000.
Instead, he went 8-for-33 through the first seven quarters.
"He's the type of player who never loses his confidence,'' said Eddie Robinson, who had 12 points off the bench. "He got our team involved early on when he wasn't hitting his shots, and I think that was big.''
His fourth quarter was even bigger. With 9:10 to play, Mercer
scored on a driving layup to give the Pacers an 80-77 lead. A
timeout was called, and Rose and the Bulls came back on the floor
with some attitude.
Rose hit back-to-back 3s, and Fizer made a driving layup.
Robinson then scored on a floater, seeming to hang by the rim for a
second or two before gently laying the ball in to give Chicago an
87-74 lead with 7:23 to play.
Rose was called for a foul on Reggie Miller, and then got a
technical for arguing. Miller made all three shots to tie it up at
87. But Williams drilled a 3-pointer, and Rose scored 16 of the
Bulls' last 19 points to put the game away.
"It feels real good,'' said Rose, who had a large contingent of
friends and family at the game, including his mother. "It feels
good for the team, it feels good for myself and it feels good to do
it at an opportunity that gave us a chance to win the game.''
Chicago snapped a 10-game losing streak to Indiana. ...
Mercer had a 26-footer at the first-quarter buzzer overturned.
Replays showed Mercer still had the ball in his hands when the
clock hit 0.0. ... Pacers forward Austin Croshere had a season-high
12 rebounds. ... Chicago is now 9-4 at the United Center, and has
its first four-game home winning streak since March 1998. ... The
Bulls have held their last six home opponents below 40 percent.