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Pacers try to polish off perfect homestand with Bulls in town

Mar 6, 2015 - 3:29 PM ( - The Chicago Bulls will play five of the next six games on the road and will visit the Indiana Pacers Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Bulls went 5-2 on a recent homestand and recorded a 108-105 victory versus the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday at the United Center.

E'Twaun Moore scored 13 of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, including the deciding 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, to lift the Bulls, who have won nine of their last 12 games.

"The way E'Twaun competed on every play, that goes a long way," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought we had a number of guys step up."

Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, while Paul Gasol and Mike Dunleavy each chipped in 21 points.

Chicago leads the Cleveland Cavaliers by a half-game for the Central Division's top spot and is second in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Pacers look to close out a perfect four-game homestand Friday and are coming off a 105-83 beating of the New York Knicks Wednesday night.

George Hill scored 21 points, Rodney Stuckey added 17 and C.J. Miles finished with 16 points for Indiana, which scored 23 points off 20 New York turnovers and won for the ninth time in 11 tries.

"I'm excited about how we're playing," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "Coming into tonight's game we were 10th in the East. So we can't be complacent. We have to keep winning, that's the bottom line."

The Pacers rolled even with starting center Roy Hibbert and backup point guard C.J. Watson held out of the game for rest purposes. Both players are expected to return Friday evening.

Indiana is a half-game off the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and will visit the Knicks Saturday night.

The Pacers and Bulls have split two games this season and will meet again March 18 in the Windy City.