Oladipo leads balanced Pacers past Bulls 107-105

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 03, 2018 10:39 AM
Oladipo leads balanced Pacers past Bulls 107-105
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls guards Zach LaVine, left, Justin Holiday, back, and Cameron Payne during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

By Jay Cohen, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Darren Collison made a tiebreaking jumper with 17.8 seconds left to help the Indiana Pacers top the Chicago Bulls 107-105 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Myles Turner added 18 points and Collison finished with 14 as Indiana earned its fifth consecutive road win for its longest such streak since April 2012. Turner also blocked six shots, including Antonio Blakeney's desperate jumper as the final seconds ticked off.

The Pacers appeared to be in solid shape with a 95-91 lead with 30.5 seconds left. But Blakeney converted a four-point play after he was fouled by Collison on a three-point try from the top of the key.

Collison then made up for the mistake with a pullup jumper from the wing, putting Indiana back in front. The veteran guard was 6-for-15 from the field.

It was the second straight heartbreaking result for Chicago, which lost 108-107 to Denver in overtime on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Bulls are winless on a four-game homestand heading into the finale Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against Houston.

Blakeney led the Bulls with 22 points. Zach LaVine scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Justin Holiday had 19 points.

Indiana trailed by as many as 18 early in the second quarter, but Oladipo led the way as the Pacers rallied to a 60-58 halftime lead. Oladipo had 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals at the break, and Collison scored nine points in the first half.


Veteran center Robin Lopez checked in for the Bulls with 3:54 left in the first half for his first action since Oct. 22 (Oct. 23, PHL time) at Dallas. Lopez was listed as a Did Not Play-Coach's Decision for Chicago's previous five games.

Lopez finished with two rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist in three minutes against Indiana.


Pacers: Thaddeus Young finished with eight points and nine rebounds. ... The Pacers shot 47.1 percent (40-for-85) from the field.

Bulls: Another MRI on G Denzel Valentine's sprained left ankle showed significant improvement, according to coach Fred Hoiberg. "He really just did straight ahead running today and he did spot shooting," Hoiberg said. There is no timetable yet for his return. ... F Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain) is feeling better, Hoiberg said. "Still, I think yesterday was the five-week mark, so he's still a couple weeks away from being out there," he said.


Pacers: Open a three-game homestand Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against the Boston Celtics.

Bulls: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Chicago has dropped four in a row against Houston.

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