Chicago (26-46) at Indiana (41-30)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Indianapolis, IN
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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Mar 28, 2003
  • TV: FSW
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INDIANAPOLIS (TICKER) —The Indiana Pacers seek their 10th straight home win over the Chicago Bulls and could have Tim Hardaway in uniform when they continue a four-game homestand at the Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday.

The Pacers have won nine in a row over the Bulls at home since a defeat on March 17, 1998 - Michael Jordan’s final season with Chicago.

The 36-year-old Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, signed a contract with the Pacers through the remainder of the season on Thursday.

Indiana beat Chicago, 101-86, here on December 20 before the Bulls snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series one day later at the United Center, 110-103.

The Pacers have won 16 of their last 18 overall against the Bulls.

Indiana has lost back-to-back games and 15 of 19. On Wednesday, the Pacers lost to Philadelphia here, 91-85, in the opener of the homestand.

Jermaine O’Neal scored 24 points and Ron Artest added 15 in his return from a two-game suspension for the Pacers, who led by five points entering the fourth quarter.

The Pacers are just 7-6 at home since winning 21 of its first 22 games here.

The Bulls have the league’s worst road record at 3-34 and have lost seven in a row away from the United Center since beating Cleveland on February 18.

Chicago has won three of four overall, including an 82-74 triumph over Miami on Wednesday.

Jalen Rose scored 19 points and Jamal Crawford added 17 for Chicago, which limited Miami to just under 30 percent shooting.

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