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Markkanen scores 32 as Bulls beat Pacers 119-107

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic came in and started firing away. Lauri Markkanen took over for Chicago in the second half.

The sharp-shooting big men just overwhelmed the Indiana Pacers.

Markkanen scored a career-high 32 points, Mirotic finished with 28 and the surging Bulls beat the Pacers 119-107 on Friday night for their third consecutive win.

''We just keep believing in each other and playing for each other,'' Markkanen said.

Led by Mirotic and Markkanen, Chicago made 18 of 39 3-point attempts in its 10th win in 12 games. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis each scored 12 points, helping the Bulls to their seventh straight victory at home for their longest such streak since a seven-game run spanning two seasons in 2013.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Indiana erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter of a 98-96 victory on Dec. 6. It was one of the low points so far this season for suddenly interesting Bulls (13-22), and they gained a measure of revenge by turning away another charge by the Pacers in the final period.

''Really since the last time we played Indiana on the road, when we had that devastating loss, our guys have really kind of found themselves, found each other,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Darren Collison scored 30 points for Indiana (19-17), which has dropped three in a row and four of six. Lance Stephenson had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points and nine boards.

''The effort was there sometimes, it just wasn't there for a whole 48 minutes,'' Collison said. ''We've got to do better, but we can't keep saying that. At some point we've got to just go out there and do it.''

Stephenson started in place of Victor Oladipo, who missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee and is doubtful for Sunday's matchup with Minnesota. Oladipo, who is averaging a team-high 24.9 points in his first season with the Pacers, had an MRI that showed no structural damage.

''Basically what we've learned from that is that he needs some time,'' coach Nate McMillan said. ''There's some swelling.''

The Bulls also played without a key guard after Kris Dunn was scratched with left knee tendinitis. But Jerian Grant had 11 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds after he found out right before the game that he was in the starting lineup.

''I've started games before so it wasn't too big of an adjustment,'' Grant said. ''I was ready.''

Chicago opened a 103-84 lead on David Nwaba's layup with 7:46 left. Indiana then ripped off 11 of the next 14 points to close to 106-95 on Stephenson's basket with 4:49 remaining.

But Mirotic responded with a layup and Markkanen hit two free throws to run the Bulls' lead back out to 15.

BOUNCEBACK GAME

Mirotic had a season-low four points on 2-for-4 shooting in Wednesday night's 92-87 win over the New York Knicks. But he made three 3-pointers in the first quarter on his way to 17 first-half points against Indiana.

''It's all about being consistent now,'' Mirotic said. ''That's my goal. That's been something I've been struggling (with) the last couple years.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Stephenson was 8 for 19 from the field. He has scored in double figures in five of his last six games. ... Turner has at least one block in 27 of his 29 games this season.

Bulls: Mirotic went 8 for 16 from 3-point range. Markkanen was 5 for 9 from beyond the arc. ... G Zach LaVine, who is coming back from left knee surgery, worked out Thursday and Friday. He is scheduled for six straight days of contact beginning on Saturday, including four days with Chicago's G League affiliate. ''Obviously it's a very important part of the process for Zach,'' Hoiberg said, ''and hopefully everything goes great, and you know we'll kind of take it from there.''

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Minnesota on Sunday. The Pacers beat the Timberwolves 130-107 on Oct. 24.

Bulls: Visit Washington on Sunday for their first meeting of the season.

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Key Players
M. Turner
33 C
N. Mirotic
44 PF
25.5 Min. Per Game 25.5
17.2 Pts. Per Game 17.2
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
7.6 Reb. Per Game 7.6
49.4 Field Goal % 50.3
49.4 Three Point % 50.3
75.7 Free Throw % 67.5
  Team rebound 0:19
  Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Team rebound 0:25
  Cory Joseph missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
  Cory Joseph missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Team rebound 0:26
  Shooting foul on Lauri Markkanen 0:26
+ 1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
+ 1 Lauri Markkanen made 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
  Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis 0:30
+ 2 Domantas Sabonis made layup, assist by Lance Stephenson 0:37
Team Stats
Points 107 119
Field Goals 43-93 (46.2%) 43-85 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 18-39 (46.2%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 15-15 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 45
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 32 33
Team 10 5
Assists 22 31
Steals 10 6
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 10 15
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
11 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Pacers 19-17 27252530107
home team logo Bulls 13-22 37272233119
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 19-17 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Bulls 13-22 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Collison PG 12.4 PPG 2.6 RPG 5.3 APG 49.5 FG%
L. Markkanen PF 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Collison PG 30 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
L. Markkanen PF 32 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
46.2 FG% 50.6
31.8 3PT FG% 46.2
70.0 FT% 100.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Collison 39 30 3 5 2 0 3 2 12/16 4/5 2/2 0 3 42 +2
L. Stephenson 35 18 9 3 0 0 2 4 8/19 2/5 0/0 0 9 31 -7
M. Turner 25 13 3 2 1 2 2 0 4/10 0/2 5/8 2 1 21 -5
T. Young 31 8 7 4 3 0 1 2 4/9 0/1 0/0 2 5 25 -4
B. Bogdanovic 33 7 4 2 1 0 1 0 2/10 0/5 3/4 0 4 15 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Collison 39 30 3 5 2 0 3 2 12/16 4/5 2/2 0 3 42 +2
L. Stephenson 35 18 9 3 0 0 2 4 8/19 2/5 0/0 0 9 31 -7
M. Turner 25 13 3 2 1 2 2 0 4/10 0/2 5/8 2 1 21 -5
T. Young 31 8 7 4 3 0 1 2 4/9 0/1 0/0 2 5 25 -4
B. Bogdanovic 33 7 4 2 1 0 1 0 2/10 0/5 3/4 0 4 15 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 27 14 9 2 0 3 0 1 6/13 0/0 2/2 3 6 30 -9
C. Joseph 30 10 4 4 2 0 1 5 4/9 0/1 2/4 1 3 23 -9
J. Young 12 7 2 0 0 1 0 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 1 10 -16
A. Poythress 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 0 3 +1
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 43 22 10 6 10 15 43/93 7/22 14/20 11 32 200 -60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 28 32 7 1 0 0 1 1 11/17 5/9 5/5 1 6 40 -1
R. Lopez 23 12 4 1 1 0 2 3 6/9 0/0 0/0 0 4 17 +5
J. Holiday 36 11 2 4 1 3 1 1 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 2 24 -2
J. Grant 33 11 7 12 1 0 2 4 4/9 3/6 0/0 1 6 41 +5
D. Valentine 25 4 4 5 0 0 2 3 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 3 16 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 28 32 7 1 0 0 1 1 11/17 5/9 5/5 1 6 40 -1
R. Lopez 23 12 4 1 1 0 2 3 6/9 0/0 0/0 0 4 17 +5
J. Holiday 36 11 2 4 1 3 1 1 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 2 24 -2
J. Grant 33 11 7 12 1 0 2 4 4/9 3/6 0/0 1 6 41 +5
D. Valentine 25 4 4 5 0 0 2 3 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 3 16 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 27 28 4 4 1 0 3 3 10/20 8/16 0/0 0 4 38 +9
B. Portis 15 12 7 3 0 0 0 0 4/9 0/1 4/4 3 4 25 +11
D. Nwaba 32 7 4 1 1 0 2 5 2/5 1/1 2/2 1 3 12 +9
P. Zipser 17 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +12
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 119 40 31 6 4 15 20 43/85 18/39 15/15 7 33 216 +60