Mon, Feb 15, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to help Chicago force overtime, and the Bulls then pulled away from the Indiana Pacers for a 120-112 victory Monday night.
Chicago had lost 10 straight against Indiana and eight straight on the road in the series.
Domantas Sabonis scored 25 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 23 for the Pacers, who had won two in a row.
The Pacers led 103-101 in the final minute of regulation, but LaVine scored four straight points to give the Bulls 105-103 edge. Brogdon tied the score with 10.5 seconds left, and LaVine's 19-footer for the win was off the mark.
Garrett Temple opened overtime with a 6-foot pullup, Denzel Valentine followed with a 3-pointer and Chicago never trailed again.
Bulls: Coby White had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. ... LaVine also had nine rebounds. ... Thaddeus Young had 13 points and 11 rebounds against his former team. ... Temple had 16 points and Valentine finished with 11 points. ... Otto Porter Jr. (back spasms) missed his seventh straight game and Lauri Markkanen sat out his fifth in a row with a sprained right shoulder joint.
Pacers: Brogdon had 15 rebounds and five assists. Sabonis had 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. ... Guard T.J. McConnell made his start of the season, replacing Doug McDermott (sore right knee). McConnell scored 19 points - his highest total since joining the Pacers. ... Myles Turner had 11 points and six more blocks - his eighth game this season with five or more. ... Forward T.J. Warren sat on the bench as he continues to recover from left foot surgery. ... The Pacers were 9 of 33 on 3s and had 19 turnovers, ending a five-game stretch with 10 or fewer.
The Pacers first welcomed fans back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Jan. 24 and played their next five games in front of smaller crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Monday, a few hours before tip-off, team officials announced a snowstorm would require them to close the arena doors to fans after city officials announced they were issuing a travel advisory.
Bulls: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday, a venue where they've lost two straight.
Pacers: Will try to win its fourth straight over Minnesota on Wednesday in Minneapolis.