Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 07, 2017 10:27 AM
FILE - CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls on November 10, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Jeff Skirvin, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 98-96 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Bojan Bodganovic had 17 points for Indiana, and Darren Collison finished with 14. Myles Turner had 11 points and blocked four shots, and Thaddeus Young finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The lowly Bulls led by as many as 17, but couldn’t hold off the Pacers in the final moments. Oladipo’s triple gave Indiana its first lead at 97-96, and he tacked on a free throw with 12.8 seconds left.
Lauri Markkanen missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of Chicago’s 10th straight loss.
Kris Dunn had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bulls (3-20), and Robin Lopez scored 16 points. Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points and eight boards.
Chicago looked pretty good for about 3.5 quarters. The Bulls went 7-for-15 from beyond the arc on their way to a double-digit halftime lead and carried an 83-69 advantage into the final period.
But Chicago faltered down the stretch of its third straight loss to Indiana.
Bulls: All three of Chicago’s wins have come on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ... The Bulls went 8-for-16 at the free-throw line. ... Chicago has lost nine of its last 11 games against the Pacers.
Pacers: Indiana’s 39 points at halftime was a season-low. ... The Pacers improved to 4-8 this season when they are out-rebounded.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bulls, averaging a league-low 95.6 points entering Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), held the Pacers to their second-lowest scoring total of the season. Indiana was averaging 108.9 points per game coming into the night, fourth-best in the NBA.
OH, TO BE YOUNG
Young has scored in double figures in 20 of Indiana’s 25 games this season, scoring 20 or more in two of those contests. The 10-year veteran is averaging nearly 33 minutes and 13.4 points per game.
Bulls: Play at Charlotte on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Pacers: Host Cleveland on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).