Bulls lead Pacers 55-39 at halftime

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

The start was disappointing for the Indiana Pacers. Then going back inside to Lopez and with Dunn's aggressive play the Bulls lead 55-39 at halftime.

Teammate Myles Turner added: "I don't think we took it lightly, but we just weren't as sharp as we've been". It just didn't seem to be the Pacers night as the team with the worst field goal percentage in the league couldn't miss, the Bulls seemed to be magnetized to every loose ball, and turnovers and missed shots were aplenty for the home team.

IN has started their six-game home-stand with two wins and will square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. And then, Victor Oladipo happened.

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.

"It's an honor to play in front of the Indiana Pacer fans", Oladipo said. "That's what I did".

With 8:16 remaining in the game and the Pacers treading water down 13 points, Oladipo came back into the game and quickly hit a three to cut the Bulls lead to 10. The energy that was missing all night on the defensive end was suddenly there.

Lauri Markkanen missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Bulls' 10th straight loss. "In the fourth quarter, whatever the play is, we make the right play as a team".

The franchise record losing streak is 16 games.

IN shot just 39 percent from the floor and turned the ball over eight times before the break. This year's squad is different.

Dunn missed a jumper on the Chicago's possession, forcing the visitors to foul Oladipo with 12.8 seconds remaining. After the game, Oladipo did 10 push-ups before starting his post-game interview.

Victor Oladipo- "It's an honor to play for these fans". He was the one that was diving for loose balls with the Bulls still in relative command of the game.

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

The Pacers follow their leader. The Bulls have lost nine of their past 11 games against the Pacers.

"It took us all 48 minutes to get control of this game", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

"We picked it up defensively, we were able to turn our defense into offense, getting steals, getting out in the open court, which we have a lot of guys who are talented at doing that", said guard Cory Joseph, who had seven points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench. Oladipo's city. Oladipo's team. "The crowd said it". They wouldn't have it any other way.

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