The Indiana Pacers have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season thus far. "It was about us tonight, coming out and trying to take care of business, playing a better game than we certainly played in NY (a 108-101 loss on November 5), but a better game than our last two opponents", Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters after the win.
The lowly Bulls led by as many as 17, but couldn't hold off the Pacers in the final moments. But Denzel Valentine coughed the ball up and Oladipo atoned for his mistake, racing down the floor and knocking down a 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds remaining to give the Pacers their first lead of the night.
Lauri Markkanen missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of Chicago's 10th straight loss.
Dunn led the Bulls with 18 points, Robin Lopez added 16 and Valentine contributed 15. The Arizona product did not hit at least half of his shots in any of the last eight games and is 15-of-53 from 3-point range in that span. "(Monday) was a good win for us and we have to look towards playing Chicago".
Perhaps enough is enough as the Bulls grabbed a 55-39 halftime lead over the Pacers. "That's what a lot of teams are going towards, putting up a lot of 3s and trying to get in transition and get a lot of layups", Young told the team's website.
"We just didn't come out as sharp as we've been all season", Turner said. "It was a flat start, but we recovered, thankfully".
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With the loss, Minnesota dropped to 14-11 overall and 6-7 on the road. "I thought it was a little better in the second half". Towns ultimately had more help than Jordan as well, but the battle on the blocks delivered.
He even did 10 pushups for missing a free throw down the stretch.
Bulls: All three of Chicago's wins have come on Friday.
The Bulls lost to the Pacers in their first meeting this season. The Pacers improved to 4-8 this season when they are outrebounded.
IN trailed by as many as 17 points on Wednesday and by 15 points in the fourth quarter before mounting a major rally. The 10-year veteran is averaging almost 33 minutes and 13.4 points per game.
Bulls second-year guard Kris Dunn responded on the other end with a driving layup and after the two teams traded turnovers, Cory Joseph buried a jumper to make it a two-point game once again with 1:19 to play.