NBA: Collison's late jumper sends Pacers past Bulls


Posted at Nov 03 2018 11:14 AM

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) shoots the ball as Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) defends him during the first half of their match at United Center. David Banks, USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS

Darren Collison's 19-footer broke a tie with 18.5 seconds remaining Friday night, helping the Indiana Pacers survive a see-saw battle with the host Chicago Bulls en route to a 107-105 victory.

After watching Antonio Blakeney improbably rally the Bulls from a 105-101 deficit with a four-point play with 30.5 seconds to go, the Pacers called a timeout and got the game-winning shot from Collison 12 seconds later.

The Bulls had two subsequent chances to tie and a third to win, but Zach LaVine misfired on a 14-footer, Justin Holiday a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left and Blakeney a 19-foot buzzer-beater that was blocked by Myles Turner.

The win was the Pacers' fourth straight on the road and the fourth overall in their last five games.

Chicago, meanwhile, dropped a third straight to begin a four-game homestand.

The Bulls trailed 87-80 entering the fourth quarter, then got nine points from LaVine in a 19-5 period-opening run to pull into a 99-92 lead with 6:54 to go.

But the Pacers responded quickly with an 11-point burst to go up 103-99 on a jumper by Turner with 3:20 to go.

Indiana appeared to be in good shape until Blakeney hit his 3-pointer while being fouled by Collison.

Victor Oladipo recorded a 25-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Pacers.

Turner had six blocks to complement 18 points for Indiana, while Collison added 14 points and Tyreke Evans 13.

Blakeney had a team-high 22 points for the Bulls, who fell to 1-4 at home.

LaVine (20 points), Holiday (19), Jabari Parker (11) and Wendell Carter Jr. (11) also scored in double figures for Chicago.

The Bulls ran out to a 33-17 lead in the first 10 minutes, then went up by as many as 18 early in the second period before the Pacers fought back.

Indiana used a 26-8 burst to pull into a 50-all tie en route to a 60-58 halftime advantage, then led 87-80 after three quarters.

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