INDIANAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bulls need to win, and they don't care how.
Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points as Chicago (37-37) got back to .500 and pulled within two games of Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We needed this win," Butler said. "It was big for us to get a win here on the road against a playoff team. Hopefully this starts a trend for these last eight or nine games."
Mirotic made seven 3-pointers, his final one tying it at 96 with 2:19 remaining.
The Pacers missed five shots in the final 2 minutes that would have given them the lead before the Bulls rebounded Pau Gasol's miss with 20 seconds remaining and got the ball to Butler for his 17-footer from the right wing.
"(Chicago) executed down the stretch," a frustrated George said. "(For us) it was stagnant. Real stagnant. We've got to get better (shots) than that."
Butler finished with 14 points, and Gasol added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The game was tied at 84 heading into the fourth quarter, where both teams hit a shooting slump. The Pacers shot 22 percent and the Bulls 26 percent, but outscored Indiana 14-12. The lead changed a total of 14 times throughout the game.
"(It was) a really ugly fourth quarter on the offensive end," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
"We beat them (with) ball screens in the fourth quarter. We were trying to confuse them and slip them out. (Mirotic) was big time all game long and put the ball in Jimmy's hands at the end. Jimmy rose up and knocked down a big shot."
The Pacers outscored the Bulls 52-36 in the paint, 15-5 in fast-break points and finished the game with four fewer turnovers, but still managed to lose a crucial game against a division opponent. The Bulls hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers for playoff seeding as the season enters the final two weeks.
Mirotic was 7 of 13 on 3-point attempts and 9 of 18 overall.
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