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Korver (5-for-5) red-hot at the right time

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Kyle Korver hit just 29 percent of his three-point shots (11-of-38) in the Bulls' final 12 regular-season games. But he's 5-of-5 on three-pointers in Games 1 and 2 of the Bulls' playoff series with the Indiana Pacers.

Korver hit another clutch three-pointer in Game 2, nailing a shot from the corner that gave the Bulls a 90-85 lead with 1:04 to play in the fourth quarter. His three-pointer in Game 1 broke a 99-99 tie with 48 seconds left.

"I'm getting some really good looks and I'm just trying to get my feet set and hit the open shot," said Korver, an eight-year veteran from Creighton and Pella, Iowa.

Korver averaged 8.3 points per game and shot 41.5 percent from three-point range in the regular season. But a big reason the Bulls signed him in the offseason is his playoff experience. In 2008-09 and 2009-10, Korver hit a combined 23-of-49 three-pointers (47 percent) in the offseason. So going into Game 3 on Thursday night, he's hit 52 percent of his threes (28-of-54) in the postseason over the past three years.

"I'm sure [previous experience] has to help,'' Korver said. "I've been a part of some big game. I think it's really easy to get too hyped. Just some mellow music before the game, try to settle down.You don't have to jack yourself up anymore than you already are, so I just tried to stay calm."

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