Basketball: Bulls made to battle their way into finals

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The Chicago Bulls have made the NBA finals - but not without a struggle after the LA Pacers took them to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference play-offs for the first time since 1992.

The Bulls were struggling until the middle of the fourth quarter when they pulled back the deficit, winning 88-83 to make their sixth finals in a row.

Like last year, their opponents are Utah Jazz. But with the series starting tonight the Bulls will be tired, while Utah are fresh and rested. They also have home-court advantage, and they won both of the normal season fixtures against the Bulls this year. Chicago's winning streak could very well be at risk.