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The Indiana Pacers led for 30.6 seconds in Wednesday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
Bulls guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine riddled the Pacers for the first 39 minutes. Dunn finished with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Valentine managed 15 points and eight rebounds. Bulls C Robin Lopez provided the Pacers big men with a formidable challenge as he finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
Enter Victor Oladipo…
The star-studded guard from Indiana University took the game over with consistent pressure, getting involved on the boards and making some defensive plays that didn’t show up in the box score.
The biggest play happened under the 2-minute mark. Bojan Bogdanovic forced Dunn to the right side of the floor which led to an Oladipo steal. Oladipo takes the ball across the court to right-center, plants both feet, and nails a three-point shot to put the Pacers up 97-96.
Chicago was forced to burn their last timeout as Oladipo turned to the crowd and gives the universal “this is my city” sign as the crowd mimics him.
Chicago missed the ensuing attempt and was forced to foul Oladipo. He missed the first of two attempts at the foul line, made the second and that was the difference in what was a come-from-behind 98-96victory for the Pacers who are now 14-11. Chicago has dropped 10 straight and are now a league-worst 3-20.
All Pacers starters scored in double figures behind a strong showing from Oladipo (27 points, 8 rebounds). Bogdanovic had 17 points as he made half of his six three-point attempts. Darren Collison did not play in the fourth but still managed 14 points. Myles Turner came up huge in the rebounding and blocks departing with seven and four respectively to go with his 11 points and six assists. Thaddeus Young nearly finished with a double-double tallying 10 points and nine boards.
Indiana gets a day off before hosting a hot Cleveland Cavaliers team, who beat Sacramento Wednesday for 13 straight victories. The Pacers were able to win earlier in the season at Cleveland 124-107.