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Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96

Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96

Meanwhile, the Pacers chipped away, getting seven points from Bojan Bogdanovic in the decisive run - including a thunderous dunk to draw in to within 94-92 - to set the stage for Oladipo's clutch play.

Chicago, losers of nine straight coming in and owners of the NBA's worst record, jumped out to a 17-point first-half lead, and in played sluggishly at both ends of the floor for more than 3 1/2 quarters before Victor Oladipo keyed a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter rallied them to a 98-96 win before 13,013 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. And Bogdanovic ended up with 17 points.

The Bulls had six players in double figures led by Dunn with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists.

And the Bulls went inside with effective play from Lopez and Dunn that got the Bulls off fast to a 13-4 lead and then 30-20 after one quarter.

"I was surveying the scene at first", Oladipo told reporters after the game, "just seeing who was back". "We've got to learn to not put ourselves in that hole in the first place and try to make sure we avoid that".

The lowly Bulls led by as many as 17, but couldn't hold off the Pacers in the final moments.

When asked if he still had energy from the game, Oladipo said, "I missed a free throw, 10 pushups".

The Pacers were showing more hustle on the defensive end and the Bulls, for the first time all night, starting missing shots as they scored only four points in the final seven minutes. Coach Fred Hoiberg said initially he will be limited to under 20 minutes playing time. "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". Lopez added 16 points and five rebounds, while Valentine had 15 points and eight boards.

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He started the game against Red Star Belgrade and Norwich City and remains undefeated in his two games with the first-team.

IN trailed by as many as 17 points on Wednesday and by 15 points in the fourth quarter before mounting a major rally.

The Pacers (14-11) hit 12 of 21 shots in the third quarter to stay within striking distance.

Perhaps enough is enough as the Bulls grabbed a 55-39 halftime lead over the Pacers.

Turner said the Pacers didn't take the Bulls lightly.

IN got a nice spark from Darren Collison in the third quarter.

"We just didn't come out as sharp as we've been all season", Turner said. The Bulls continued into the second quarter, pushing their lead up to 43-26 after threes from Paul Zipser and Valentine. The Bulls went 8 for 16 at the free-throw line.

The Bulls, averaging a league-low 95.6 points entering Wednesday, held the Pacers to their second-lowest scoring total of the season.

Victor Oladipo scored 27 points and hit the game-winner against Chicago on Wednesday night. He could play in Charlotte Friday.


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