INDIANAPOLIS – Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Bulls, 98-96, on Wednesday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 17 points for Indiana (14-11), and Darren Collison finished with 14. Myles Turner had 11 points and blocked four shots, and Thaddeus Young finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The lowly Bulls led by as many as 17, but couldn’t hold off the Pacers in the final moments. Oladipo’s 3 gave Indiana its first lead at 97-96, and he tacked on a free throw with 12.8 seconds left.
Lauri Markkanen missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Bulls’ 10th straight loss.
Kris Dunn had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bulls (3-20), and Robin Lopez scored 16 points. Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points and eight boards.
The Bulls looked pretty good for about 3½ quarters. They went 7 for 15 from beyond the arc on their way to a double-digit halftime lead and carried an 83-69 advantage into the final period.
But the Bulls faltered down the stretch of their third straight loss to Indiana.
Bulls: All three of the Bulls’ wins have come on a Friday. ... The Bulls went 8 for 16 at the free-throw line. ... They have lost nine of their past 11 games against the Pacers.
Pacers: Indiana’s 39 points at halftime was a season-low. ... The Pacers improved to 4-8 this season when they are outrebounded.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bulls, averaging a league-low 95.6 points entering Wednesday, held the Pacers to their second-lowest scoring total of the season. Indiana was averaging 108.9 points a game coming into the night, fourth-best in the NBA.
OH, TO BE YOUNG
Young has scored in double figures in 20 of Indiana’s 25 games this season, scoring 20 or more in two of those contests. The 10-year veteran is averaging nearly 33 minutes and 13.4 points a game.
Bulls: Play at Charlotte on Friday.
Pacers: Host Cleveland on Friday.