Oladipo split a pair at the line with 12.8 seconds to go, but Chicago's Lauri Markkanen missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer sounded. "(Monday) was a good win for us and we have to look towards playing Chicago".
IN trailed by as many as 17 points on Wednesday and by 15 points in the fourth quarter before mounting a major rally. However, Victor Oladipo has brought some much-needed stability to a Pacers franchise that was unsure if they were going to have any this early.
Bulls: Play at Charlotte on Friday.
Oladipo scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers outscored Chicago 29-13 and produced nine points off six turnovers.
The Blue & Gold were able to trim the deficit to 11 on two occasions but never got back within single digits before halftime, trailing to 55-39 heading into the break. Before the reporter could get a question in, the Pacers guard got on the floor and did 10 quick push-ups.
But the Bulls answered once again, closing the frame with an 8-2 run to take an 83-69 lead into the fourth quarter.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points, Darren Collison contributed 14 while Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young finished with 11 and 10, respectively. He's averaging 23.1 points, four assists and five rebounds per game this season.
NOTES: Chicago G Kris Dunn scored or assisted on 20 of the Bulls' first 25 points.
Dunn led the Bulls with 18 points, Robin Lopez added 16 and Valentine contributed 15.
Chicago is just 1-12 on the road this season.
The Indiana Pacers were recently having some trouble battling the teams near the top of their respective conferences, but they have no trouble winning games against teams below them in the standings.
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.