NBA: Pacers rally in fourth quarter to beat Bulls, end losing streak


he Indiana Pacers celebrates after making a three point shot against the Golden State Warriors at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 14, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FILE–Bennedict Mathurin #00 of the Indiana Pacers. Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs/AFP 

Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner each scored 26 factors, T.J. McConnell went for 20 factors and 10 assists and the Indiana Pacers rallied previous the Chicago Bulls within the fourth quarter to snap a seven-game dropping streak with a 116-110 victory on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

The Pacers got here into Tuesday’s tilt having final received on Jan. 8, with six of their seven straight losses coming with Tyrese Haliburton sidelined by damage. Chicago appeared poised to ship Indiana to its eighth consecutive defeat, by no means trailing for the primary three-plus quarters and constructing a bonus of as many as 21 factors.

DeMar DeRozan paced the Bulls with a game-high 33 factors. However after main a lot of the manner, Chicago noticed its benefit slip away throughout a 36-23 fourth quarter.

Indiana held the Bulls to 10-of-21 taking pictures from the ground within the last interval, together with 0-for-5 from 3-point vary. The goose egg within the last 12 minutes concluded a poor night time general from exterior (5-for-24) for Chicago.

The Pacers’ 3-point taking pictures share was not markedly higher — 27 to the Bulls’ 20.8 — however Indiana made twice as many at 10-for-37. Buddy Hield was answerable for 4 of the makes on his 11 makes an attempt en path to 19 factors.

Mathurin missed his first 4 3-point makes an attempt and completed 1 of 5, however his solely make was a part of an enormous fourth quarter. He shot 6 of seven from the ground for 15 factors within the interval, together with 5 over the ultimate 1:01 that gave Indiana the lead for good.

Mathurin additionally scored 5 straight factors as a part of an 8-2 burst halfway by way of the stanza.

McConnell, who one recreation prior moved into the place to begin guard function Haliburton vacated along with his damage, completed with a double-digit variety of assists for the second recreation in a row. He recorded a triple-double in Indiana’s loss at Phoenix on Saturday.

Nikola Vucevic recorded 20 factors and eight rebounds for Chicago. Zach LaVine was held to simply 14 factors on 4-of-14 taking pictures from the ground within the loss.

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