CHICAGO -- Kyle Korver's day began with consecutive turnovers in 30 seconds and ended with the game-winning 3-pointer off a Derrick Rose feed.
"Crazy, huh?" Korver said.
His 13 points featured 4-for-4 shooting on 3-pointers, the biggest with 48.4 seconds left that gave the Bulls their first lead at 102-99.
"Derrick kept telling me he was going to be looking for me," Korver said. "And I told him I was going to be ready. That's why I'm there. If the defender stays with me, then Derrick has a lane. If not, I'm open. It's the way I've been used my whole life."
Rose appreciates having Korver on the court in close games in the regular fourth-quarter rotation.
"Kyle is a knock-down shooter," Rose said. "If you help too much and leave him open, that's like a layup to him."
Dirty Kurty: Kurt Thomas has earned his physical nickname. He thrives on playoff basketball, even if he didn't agree with the foul he received for briefly knocking Tyler Hansbrough from the game with an elbow.
"I saw the shot go up, attacked the offensive glass and was fortunate to get the rebound," Thomas said. "I had position. Unfortunately, he called a foul on me. But I don't think it was a foul."
Thomas ably replaced a foul-plagued Carlos Boozer, whom coach Tom Thibodeau conceded had "a tough night," and finished with six points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
"It was very physical," Thomas said. "That's what you have to expect. And I think it's going to continue. I love it."
Layups: Ronnie Brewer had two points and two steals in 16 minutes, his first action since spraining his left thumb and missing the regular-season finale. "It hurt, but you have to play through it," Brewer said. ... Former Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach drew a nice ovation while presenting the honorary game ball.