The Bulls last had a three-game winning streak in December 2002,
but haven't won four in a row since 1998 when their last
championship team ran off 13 straight victories.
The Pacers, 5-9 since the suspensions of Ron Artest, Stephen
Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal following a brawl in Detroit, stayed
close behind the play of Jamaal Tinsley.
Tinsley scored a career-high 33 points before he was ejected
after getting two technical fouls with 52 seconds to play. Jeff
Foster had 18 rebounds to go with 12 points for Indiana, but Reggie
Miller had a season-low four points on 2-of-13 shooting.
Kirk Hinrich added 19 points for the Bulls.
Hinrich hit a 3-pointer and then fed Curry for a dunk and a
three-point play as the Bulls went up 67-50 in the third quarter.
But Indiana, as it has done all season, kept battling and
chopped the deficit to 70-62 with a quarter left as backup Marcus
Haislip had two baskets.
When Tinsley hit two more baskets in the fourth, the Pacers were
within four, but Hinrich's jumper and Othella Harrington's driving
basket and two free throws ended the run and pushed the lead to 10.
The Bulls led by as many as 13 in the first quarter when Curry
made his first five shots to score 11 and Hinrich was 4-for-5 with
Chicago had a 40-28 lead after Curry took lob passes from
Hinrich and Andres Nocioni and slammed down thunderous dunks.
But Tinsley led a 10-2 Pacers run and Indiana cut the margin to
four before trailing by six at the half. Tinsley had 13 of his 18
first-half points in the second quarter.
Tinsley's previous high was 30. He was 11-of-31 from the
field. ... Curry fouled out with 2:45 left. ... Indiana got little
from starting rookie center David Harrison, who had to leave the
game with 4:50 left in the first quarter and went to the locker
room with back spams. He returned to start the second half but
lasted only a minute and a half before being forced to leave. ...
Bulls F Antonio Davis left the game with 9:34 left in the third
quarter after he was hit in the side of the head as he was driving
to the basket. ... Indiana's Anthony Johnson (hamstring) and Austin
Croshere (ankle) also sat out.