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The Bulls' Jimmy Butler drives against Pacers forward Paul George in the first half of Wednesday night's NBA game in Chicago. Indiana was wearing Hickory throwback uniforms in honor of the move "Hoosiers." The Bulls won 102-100.

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 Wednesday night despite playing without Derrick Rose.

Butler scored 28 points and Aaron Brooks had 29 points to help Chicago win its third in four games. Chicago got 52 points from its bench and held Indiana to 38.1 percent shooting from the field. Pau Gasol had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Rose was scratched an hour before the game with right hamstring tendinitis.

Butler scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.

Brooks' floater with 58.7 seconds left gave Chicago a 100-95 advantage. Solomon Hill made two free throws, and Brooks' turnover set up Monta Ellis' tying 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left.

On the final play, Butler tipped in Gasol's lob from atop the key. Butler then defended Paul George on a lob to preserve the win.

George Hill led Indiana with 20 points.

George's floater with 59.9 seconds left in regulation put Indiana in front 89-84. Butler then hit two free throws and Chicago got the ball back after Hill's turnover. Butler's 3-pointer bounced in with 34.9 seconds left to even the game at 89.

Ellis made a layup with 31.3 seconds left, but Butler tied it with 25 seconds to go. Ellis' 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

Rose had played in 27 of Chicago's first 29 games, averaging 14.4 points. The only two games he missed were in November because of a sprained left ankle. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg didn't mention any health issues around the oft-injured guard during his pre-game media session.

Rose's absence wasn't well-timed. He had scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games and was showing the aggressiveness the Bulls want.


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