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Oladipo Keys Pacers Past Bulls in Return

Victor Oladipo capped his first contest in more than a year by making a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers went on to beat Chicago Bulls 115-106 in overtime.


Oladipo returned for the first time since last January, when he left the court on a stretcher with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. He spent the next 12 months fighting his way through what he called excruciating pain.


Before the game, coach Nate McMillan said Oladipo would come off the bench, be limited to 24 minutes and not play in back-to-back games. That will remain the plan until after the All-Star break.

At times, Oladipo understandably looked rusty and out of sync. But when his team needed it most, the Pacers' biggest star delivered on a night full of emotion.


Oladipo scored nine points and had four assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes, going 2 of 8 from the field and 1 of 7 on 3s.


But it was the one 3 that capped a 7-0 rally over the final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation and tied the game, providing the jolt of energy Indiana desperately needed. Malcolm Brogdon scored seven of his 15 points in the extra period.


Zach LaVine had one chance to win it with a 7-foot runner at the end of regulation, but he lost the ball on the way up and it rolled out of bounds as the buzzer sounded.


Brogdon took care of the rest.


He scored five points in a 9-2 run to open the overtime then sealed the win with a dunk with 1:16 left. Brogdon had nine rebounds and eight assists. T.J. Warren had 25 points to lead the Pacers.


Chandler Hutchison scored a career-high 21 points for the Bulls. LaVine added 20 for Chicago, which lost its eighth straight in the series.


Thaddeus Young scored 16 points and Cristiano Felicio had 11 points and eight rebounds. 


Chicago was 6 of 33 on 3s and had 18 turnovers.


The Bulls had a two-game winning streak end and have now lost eight straight in Indianapolis.

Domantas Sabonis had 15 points, 11 rebounds, his 37th double-double this season. Justin Holiday finished with 13 points and Jeremy Lamb had 10 points and five rebounds. Rookie Goga Bitadze had 10 points.


Indiana was 7 of 27 on 3s but made three of its last four.  Myles Turner sat out with the flu.


Chicago makes the second stop on its three-game trip Friday at Brooklyn.


Indiana hosts New York on Saturday, looking for its eighth consecutive victory in the series.

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