Bulls hold on for 96-95 win over Pacers

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) blocks a shot by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 17 points for Chicago and played tough defense on Paul George on Indiana’s final possession, helping the Bulls hold on for a 96-95 victory over the Pacers on Monday night.

Butler stayed right with George in the final seconds and contested his difficult fadeaway shot that was well short as time expired, giving the Bulls their third straight win and fourth in five games.

Derrick Rose had 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting for Chicago, but departed with about six minutes remaining after he sprained his left ankle. Doug McDermott scored 11 points.

George had 26 points for Indiana, and Monta Ellis finished with 20 points. C.J. Miles made five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, and Jordan Hill and Ian Mahinmi each grabbed 12 rebounds.

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