Bulls lose to Pacers, 98-96

Victor Oladipo started postgame interview with 10 push-ups after leading Pacers to win

Bulls lose to Pacers, 98-96

If the first six weeks of the season have been a roller-coaster ride for the Pacers, a good part of Wednesday's game against the Bulls undoubtedly represented a low point. The effort marked his third game this season with 20 or more points and seventh time that he connected on multiple 3-pointers.

The Pacers outscored the Bulls 29-13 in the fourth quarter.

"It took us all 48 minutes to get control of this game", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. 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. "At the end of the day it was a big win for us and we can build on it". After Bulls guard Bobby Portis hit a free throw to put Chicago up 28-18 with 58 seconds left in the first quarter, the Pacers' deficit stayed in double digits until Darren Collison's 3-pointer trimmed Chicago's lead to 75-67 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

Oladipo led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting (4-of-10 from 3-point range) and pulled down eight rebounds.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 17 points for IN (14-11), and Darren Collison finished with 14. The Bulls went 7 for 15 from beyond the arc on their way to a 55-39 halftime lead.

IN got a nice spark from Darren Collison in the third quarter. Myles Turner then stripped the ball from Robin Lopez and tossed an outlet pass to a streaking Bogdanovic for an easy slam that made it 94-92 and forced a Bulls timeout.

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

The Bulls (3-20) came in averaging a league-low 95 points per game and shooting a league-worst 41 percent from the field. Lopez and Valentine each had a dozen in the half as the Bulls were seven of 15 on threes and Dunn had six first half assists.

Up next is their toughest opponent on the six-game slate, a Friday showdown with the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers, who are now on a 13-game winning streak.

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