George Hill added 21 points, six boards and five assists for the Pacers, who have won seven of their last eight games.
“He leads our team in will,” Indiana Coach Frank Vogel said of West. “He has the will to do whatever is necessary to get the W. George Hill, every time we needed a bucket he got it.”
Indiana won the season series against Chicago for the first time since 2003-04, when the Pacers last won the Central Division.
“It’s a huge win,” said Hill. “It’s someone who was the best in our division. They say to be the best you have to beat the best. Today we took that as a challenge to just go out there and play hard.”
Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler netted 20 points apiece for Chicago, which had its brief two-game winning streak snapped. Joakim Noah added 14 points, 10 boards and five helpers in defeat.
Belinelli’s layup pulled the Bulls within 90-89 with 1:27 left, but Indiana scored the next five as Hill made a pair of foul shots, West had a layup and Hill split two from the stripe for a 95-89 with 25.6 ticks to go.
But the Bulls quickly fought back as Butler drained a 3-pointer, and after Hill missed two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining, Chicago had a chance to tie. Belinelli missed a wild three, but the rebound went out of bounds off Indiana. The Pacers’ stingy defense, though, clamped down and West stole Noah’s pass before sinking two free throws to seal the win.
“We didn’t execute; it’s tough you know, when we used our timeouts,” said Chicago Coach Tom Thibodeau. “We put shooters on the floor but we just have to execute better. There were some good things out there. We had a lot of fight tonight. I thought Marco Belinelli was terrific and Nazr Mohammed was good and Luol Deng got going late. But again we have to do better, we have to do better.”
The Pacers raced out to a 32-21 advantage after one and went into the break with a 47-40 cushion.
Chicago outscored Indiana 26-22 in the third and headed into the fourth down, 69-66.
Roy Hibbert tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers … Luol Deng registered 15 points and five boards for Chicago … Indiana was 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. … Vogel registered his 100th career victory.