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Oladipo scores 23 points in return, Pacers beat Bulls

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo gave the Pacers they needed to end a five-game losing streak.

Oladipo had 23 points and nine assists in three quarters in his return from a right knee injury to help the Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 125-86 on Saturday night.

Oladipo also had six rebounds and five steals after missing the previous four games.

Domantas Sabonis added 22 points, and TJ Leaf had 15.

But it was Oladipo who stole the show and led a surge to put the game away by halftime.

''That's an All-Star guy. Any time he's in the lineup it's going to make things a little bit easier,'' Leaf said. ''It's certainly nice to have a guy like that back.''

Four of Oladipo's steals came on consecutive possession during a 16-2 run in the first quarter. He broke away after his fourth steal and made a two-handed dunk to make it 24:17 with 4:51 left in period and then looked into the stands with both arms up to signify he was back after a stretch the seemed longer than four games.

''I was just out there playing,'' Oladipo said. ''I just kind of get lost in the game and do whatever I can to help my teammates. I just try to set the tone on both ends.''

The big run in the opening quarter ended with a technical free throw by Darren Collison and a basket by Sabonis to take a 31-19 lead with 2:43 remaining in the first period. They went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to go ahead 48-28.

Thaddeus Young scored on a turnaround hook shot to give the Pacers a 64-37 halftime lead.

Bobby Portis had 15 points, and Denzel Valentine and Lauri Markkanen each had 13 points and five rebounds for the Bulls. They've lost four of their last five games and their defensive woes haven't gotten much better. Opponents have shot 49.3 percent against Chicago over the last five games. The Pacers finished 55.8 percent from the field.

''The bottom line is (Indiana) looked comfortable all night,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''They brought the fight to us tonight. They got into us right away. We didn't handle it well.''

Indiana led by as much as 41 points when Leaf dunked to make it 116-75 with 5:30 left to play.

TIP-INS:

Bulls: Shot just 37.5 percent from the field. ... Kris Dunn had eight points and eight assists. . Markkanen has scored in double figures in all four matchups with Indiana this season.

Pacers: Forward Bojan Bogdanovic was out with a sprained left ankle. ... Indiana won three games in a season against Chicago for the first time since 2012-13. ... Leaf had a career-high six rebounds.

STRAINING STRETCH

Hoiberg said the Bulls plan on taking the day off Sunday and they could use the rest. The ream arrived in Indianapolis at 3 a.m. Saturday after beating Dallas 127-124 on Friday, and completed a stretch of seven games in 11 days. Chicago is 2-7 in games when playing the day before.

A DAY OF BASKETBALL

The Pacers-Bulls matchup capped off Basketball Day in the Hoosier state, where the sport is so popular. It was nearly 13 hours of nonstop basketball, which featured the top high school teams in the state and college games including Purdue, Indiana, Butler and Valparaiso before the Pacers and Bulls tipped off.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Houston on Monday night.

Pacers: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.

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Key Players
N. Mirotic
44 PF
M. Turner
33 C
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
13.9 Pts. Per Game 13.9
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
6.6 Reb. Per Game 6.6
48.6 Field Goal % 48.4
48.8 Three Point % 48.2
75.0 Free Throw % 76.4
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Joe Young 0:25
  Jerian Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 1 Damien Wilkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:35
+ 1 Damien Wilkins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:35
  Personal foul on Quincy Pondexter 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson 0:47
  Quincy Pondexter missed driving layup 0:48
  Offensive foul on Joe Young 1:01
  Offensive foul on Joe Young 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson 1:06
Team Stats
Points 86 125
Field Goals 30-80 (37.5%) 48-86 (55.8%)
3-Pointers 10-32 (31.3%) 15-31 (48.4%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 42 55
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 26 39
Team 7 6
Assists 15 24
Steals 4 9
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 15 19
Technicals 3 0
15 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Bulls 14-26 2611301986
home team logo Pacers 20-19 31333724125
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 14-26 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 20-19 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
B. Portis PF 13.2 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.7 APG 47.1 FG%
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Portis PF 15 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
V. Oladipo SG 23 PTS 6 REB 9 AST
37.5 FG% 55.8
31.3 3PT FG% 48.4
80.0 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 27 13 5 1 2 1 2 2 5/10 3/4 0/0 0 5 21 -25
L. Markkanen 24 13 5 2 0 0 2 2 4/9 3/6 2/2 3 2 20 -24
R. Lopez 20 10 2 0 0 1 2 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 2 0 11 -23
K. Dunn 28 8 4 8 0 0 4 2 4/10 0/2 0/0 1 3 24 -28
J. Holiday 26 6 4 1 0 1 2 0 2/14 1/9 1/1 1 3 11 -22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 27 13 5 1 2 1 2 2 5/10 3/4 0/0 0 5 21 -25
L. Markkanen 24 13 5 2 0 0 2 2 4/9 3/6 2/2 3 2 20 -24
R. Lopez 20 10 2 0 0 1 2 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 2 0 11 -23
K. Dunn 28 8 4 8 0 0 4 2 4/10 0/2 0/0 1 3 24 -28
J. Holiday 26 6 4 1 0 1 2 0 2/14 1/9 1/1 1 3 11 -22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 22 15 4 2 0 3 1 1 4/7 1/2 6/7 0 4 25 -11
N. Mirotic 22 8 2 0 0 0 1 1 2/4 2/3 2/2 0 2 9 -20
D. Nwaba 17 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 0 7 -11
P. Zipser 21 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -17
Q. Pondexter 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -3
J. Grant 19 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0/11 0/4 2/4 0 4 9 -11
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 86 35 15 4 6 16 15 30/80 10/32 16/20 9 26 145 -195
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 23 23 6 9 5 0 1 0 9/11 2/3 3/4 2 4 51 +29
D. Collison 27 13 3 2 0 0 0 1 4/8 3/5 2/2 0 3 20 +19
M. Turner 20 13 5 1 0 0 3 4 5/10 1/3 2/2 0 5 17 +17
D. Wilkins 22 11 2 1 0 1 0 1 3/8 3/6 2/2 0 2 16 +15
T. Young 24 6 3 2 0 1 0 0 3/8 0/0 0/0 1 2 14 +24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 23 23 6 9 5 0 1 0 9/11 2/3 3/4 2 4 51 +29
D. Collison 27 13 3 2 0 0 0 1 4/8 3/5 2/2 0 3 20 +19
M. Turner 20 13 5 1 0 0 3 4 5/10 1/3 2/2 0 5 17 +17
D. Wilkins 22 11 2 1 0 1 0 1 3/8 3/6 2/2 0 2 16 +15
T. Young 24 6 3 2 0 1 0 0 3/8 0/0 0/0 1 2 14 +24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 26 22 5 0 0 1 2 3 9/12 1/2 3/6 2 3 26 +21
T. Leaf 19 15 6 0 0 0 1 1 6/6 3/3 0/0 2 4 20 +15
J. Young 20 11 2 1 2 0 2 1 4/6 1/3 2/2 0 2 15 +20
C. Joseph 25 7 10 4 1 1 1 2 3/8 1/2 0/0 1 9 26 +24
L. Stephenson 24 4 6 4 1 0 2 4 2/8 0/3 0/0 2 4 17 +10
A. Poythress 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 +1
B. Bogdanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 125 49 24 9 4 12 19 48/86 15/31 14/18 10 39 223 +195