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Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The start was disappointing for the Indiana Pacers.

The finish was great.

Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left, and the Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 98-96 on Wednesday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 17 points for Indiana (14-11), 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 Pacers outscored the Bulls 29-13 in the fourth quarter.

''I was going out there and playing as hard as I could on both ends of the floor and trying to help us pull it out,'' Oladipo said. ''We've got to learn to not put ourselves in that hole in the first place and try to make sure we avoid that. At the end of the day it was a big win for us and we can build on it.''

The lowly Bulls led by as many as 17, but couldn't hold off the Pacers in the final moments. Oladipo's 3 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 3-pointer in the final seconds of Chicago's 10th straight loss.

''This one, it stings a lot,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''It's a really, really hard (loss) because we had control for the majority of it and played really good and hard unselfish basketball. The big message to our team is if we continue to play with that type of effort, if we continue to play the right way, and unselfish, we're going to start winning games.''

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 1/2 quarters. The Bulls went 7 for 15 from beyond the arc on their way to a 55-39 halftime lead.

Turner said the Pacers didn't take the Bulls lightly. Instead, Indiana just got going late.

''We just didn't come out as sharp as we've been all season,'' Turner said. ''Defensively we had some lapses, offensive end we weren't hitting shots, I think we started settling. It was a flat start, but we recovered, thankfully.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: All three of Chicago's wins have come on Friday. ... 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 outrebounded.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

The Bulls, averaging a league-low 95.6 points entering Wednesday, 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.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Play at Charlotte on Friday.

Pacers: Host Cleveland on Friday.

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Key Players
R. Lopez
42 C
V. Oladipo
4 G
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
23.1 Pts. Per Game 23.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
51.9 Field Goal % 48.3
51.4 Three Point % 48.0
77.3 Free Throw % 78.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
  Team rebound 0:12
  Victor Oladipo missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Lauri Markkanen 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo 0:16
  Kris Dunn missed jump shot 0:19
+ 3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot 0:31
  Lost ball turnover on Denzel Valentine, stolen by Victor Oladipo 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Denzel Valentine 0:54
Team Stats
Points 96 98
Field Goals 39-83 (47.0%) 39-87 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 12-34 (35.3%)
Free Throws 8-16 (50.0%) 8-10 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 54 48
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 35 32
Team 8 9
Assists 18 21
Steals 3 7
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 15 14
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
K. Dunn G 32
18 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
home team logo
V. Oladipo G 4
27 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Bulls 3-20 3025281396
home team logo Pacers 14-112019302998
Team Stats
away team logoBulls 3-20 97.6 PPG 44.6 RPG 22.2 APG
home team logoPacers 14-11 108.5 PPG 42.6 RPG 23.1 APG
Key Players
K. Dunn G 12.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.1 APG 42.8 FG%
V. Oladipo G 24.3 PPG 5.3 RPG 4.1 APG 47.8 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Dunn G 18 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
V. Oladipo G 27 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
47.0 FG% 44.8
38.5 3PT FG% 35.3
50.0 FT% 80.0
Bulls
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 18 6 6 1 1 4 4 8/14 1/1 1/3 1 5 34 -9
R. Lopez 33 16 5 1 0 1 2 0 7/11 0/0 2/2 3 2 22 0
D. Valentine 32 15 8 3 0 1 2 2 5/13 4/7 1/1 2 6 28 -12
L. Markkanen 30 11 6 2 0 0 3 2 5/15 1/6 0/0 2 4 18 -15
J. Holiday 36 7 4 0 1 1 1 3 2/7 1/4 2/2 0 4 12 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 34 18 6 6 1 1 4 4 8/14 1/1 1/3 1 5 34 -9
R. Lopez 33 16 5 1 0 1 2 0 7/11 0/0 2/2 3 2 22 0
D. Valentine 32 15 8 3 0 1 2 2 5/13 4/7 1/1 2 6 28 -12
L. Markkanen 30 11 6 2 0 0 3 2 5/15 1/6 0/0 2 4 18 -15
J. Holiday 36 7 4 0 1 1 1 3 2/7 1/4 2/2 0 4 12 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 19 12 7 0 0 0 0 0 5/11 1/3 1/2 1 6 19 +7
D. Nwaba 22 11 3 0 1 1 2 1 5/6 0/0 1/4 1 2 14 +6
P. Zipser 16 6 5 1 0 0 1 3 2/2 2/2 0/2 0 5 12 +9
J. Grant 13 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 1 11 +7
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 46 18 3 5 16 15 39/83 10/26 8/16 11 35 170 -10
Pacers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 38 27 8 2 3 0 5 2 10/20 4/10 3/4 0 8 37 +8
B. Bogdanovic 37 17 2 3 1 0 1 1 6/13 3/6 2/2 0 2 25 +14
D. Collison 20 14 1 2 0 0 1 3 6/10 2/5 0/0 0 1 18 -1
M. Turner 31 11 7 6 0 4 3 3 4/11 0/3 3/4 1 6 31 +5
T. Young 37 10 9 3 0 1 0 2 4/12 2/4 0/0 5 4 26 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 38 27 8 2 3 0 5 2 10/20 4/10 3/4 0 8 37 +8
B. Bogdanovic 37 17 2 3 1 0 1 1 6/13 3/6 2/2 0 2 25 +14
D. Collison 20 14 1 2 0 0 1 3 6/10 2/5 0/0 0 1 18 -1
M. Turner 31 11 7 6 0 4 3 3 4/11 0/3 3/4 1 6 31 +5
T. Young 37 10 9 3 0 1 0 2 4/12 2/4 0/0 5 4 26 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 31 7 3 3 3 0 1 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 3 18 -2
L. Stephenson 14 6 4 1 0 0 1 1 3/9 0/3 0/0 0 4 11 -13
D. Sabonis 21 6 5 1 0 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 12 -9
J. Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
T. Leaf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 98 39 21 7 5 13 14 39/87 12/34 8/10 7 32 178 +10