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CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and the Chicago Bulls brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for an 89-77 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Shawn Kemp Jersey . Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Mike Dunleavy scored 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Joakim Noah added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Gibson, who was 9 for 15 from the field, also had eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench. The Bulls (40-31) pulled within two percentage points of Toronto (39-30) for third place in the Eastern Conference. The win also prevented Indiana from clinching the Central Division title on Chicagos home court. The Pacers are looking to win consecutive division crowns for the second time since joining the NBA (1998-99 and 1999-2000). The Pacers, who were led by Paul Georges 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. Theyve lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. The Pacers earned a 91-79 victory over the Bulls on Friday night at Indiana. With the NBAs top two defensive teams on the court, points figured to come at a premium, and that certainly was the case in the first half. Neither team managed to score 20 in either of the first two quarters, and the Pacers took a 34-33 halftime lead when George Hill (12 first-half points) hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left. The Bulls were 14 of 44 (31.8 per cent) from the field in the first half, including 1 for 10 on 3-pointers. Perhaps the most entertaining portion of the half came when the crowd got on Pacers centre Roy Hibbert for an apparent flop, a hot topic between the teams in recent days. On the play, Hibbert was fouled by Noah as he was beginning to go up for a shot attempt. While there definitely was enough contact to warrant a foul, it appeared to be light. Hibbert, though, dropped to the court flailing as if he had been hit by a flagrant foul. After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, the crowd began to boo. Noah stood off to the side with a big grin on his face. Following Fridays game in Indiana, Gibson accused the Pacers of flopping, and it was still the topic of conversation at the morning shootaround for both teams. "I mean, I havent taken a charge in probably four years," Hibbert said at the shootaround. "Hes entitled to his opinion. Im just going to go out there and play hard." The Bulls finally got into an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, starting the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 49-39 lead. A few minutes later, Indiana had cut the lead to 55-49 and George had the ball on a fast break ahead of the field. Hinrich, though, caught him from behind and looked as if he was going to give an intentional foul. Instead, Hinrich stripped the ball and the Bulls headed in the opposite direction as George complained that he was fouled. The Bulls completed the four-point swing on Gibsons dunk to make it 57-49 with just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Bulls took a 64-56 lead into the fourth after scoring 31 points in the third. They had balanced scoring in the quarter with Dunleavy and Hinrich each tallying seven points. Carlos Boozer, Butler and Gibson added five apiece. The Bulls were never seriously threatened in the fourth and held on for a relatively comfortable win. NOTES: The Bulls posted a 110-94 victory in Indianas only previous visit to the United Center this season on Nov.16. Indiana won both games at home as the teams split the season series. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel when asked if Hibbert was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year: "Hands down. Hes the best rim-protector on the best defence in the league. I think thats who the award should go to. Ill be very disappointed if he doesnt get the award this year." Hibberts main competition could be Noah, who received the endorsement of Rockets coach Kevin McHale a couple of weeks ago. . Former Bull C.J. Watson missed the game with a right hamstring strain. Patrick Ewing Jersey . Browns advice worked. Irving scored 20 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Cleveland defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night. Irving made his first shot of the night on a layup a little over three minutes into the game. Dale Ellis Jersey . For the Miami Heat, that was outstanding news. LeBron James scored the last of his 32 points on a layup that put Miami up for good with 11. https://www.supersonicsjerseys.com/930s-sam-perkins-jersey-supersonics.html . A 23-year-old rookie, Stroman is 4-2 with a 3.44 earned run average in 12 games this season, the past seven of those being starts. He logged the first scoreless outing of his career on Friday versus Oakland in a no-decision.AUSTIN, Texas - The Livestrong cancer charity is reporting a sharp drop in donations and revenue after founder Lance Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during most of his record-setting cycling career. In federal forms released this week, Livestrong noted its 2013 donations dipped 34 per cent, from nearly $23 million to $15 million after Armstrongs televised admission to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013. Total revenue also took a 38 per cent dive after commercial sponsorships were cancelled or not renewed. Without specifically referring to Armstrong, Livestrong blamed the financial downturn on fallout from "revelations and disclosures" made in January 2013. Armstrong, a cancer survivor, started the charity as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997. He was removed from its board of directors in late 2012, around the same time the foundation changed its name. A Livestrong spokeswoman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment. Livestrong President Doug Ulman thanked supporters in a letter titled "Never Give Up" and posted online Wednesday. "Because of your support, you helped us weather a tough period and move to the next phase of our evolution," Ulman wrote. Despite the downturn, Livestrong last month agreed to give $50 million over 10 years to the University of Texas new medical school for a program emphasizing "ppatient-centred" cancer care. Jim Fox Jersey. Livestrongs donations have fallen 63 per cent from $41 million in 2009, the year Armstrong came out of retirement and finished third in the Tour de France. He won the race seven times, only to have those titles later stripped away after his doping admission. Daniel Borochoff, founder of CharityWatch, which analyzes the work of approximately 600 charities, said the sharp decline last year was expected. "It is a big hit," Borochoff said. "Not to say they wont be able to recover as time goes by. Its fresh in peoples mind." Livestrong was particularly vulnerable to the scandal surrounding its founder because the popularity of both was so deeply connected. Armstrongs doping revelations led big corporate sponsors and partners such as Nike and Dicks Sporting Goods to flee by either cancelling contracts or not renewing them. For corporations, the taint of doping was too strong to stay, and individual donors were angry, Borochoff said. "People go through a mourning process when they hear of the scandal. They were a big supporter, he was a big hero and they were fans. Then youre embarrassed and ashamed. Its a lot of emotions," Borochoff said. "Later, your rational facilities take over and realize the organization serves a worthy purpose, that it is not a man and can bring in new leadership." ' ' '