But the Pacers (14-11) did what good teams do, mounting a late rally to knock off the Chicago Bulls (3-20), 98-96, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "It was about us tonight, coming out and trying to take care of business, playing a better game than we certainly played in NY (a 108-101 loss on November 5), but a better game than our last two opponents", Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters after the win.
Dunn missed a jumper on the Chicago's possession, forcing the visitors to foul Oladipo with 12.8 seconds remaining. But the Bulls began to revert to more isolation against increased Pacers defense as IN closed within 92-83 with 5:29 left.
The Bulls had a look to salvage a win, but Markkanen's 3-pointer hit off the backboard as the buzzer sounded. "Just to get out in the open floor and see a couple easy ones go in, build some momentum...that's what happened in the fourth quarter and we were able to pull it out". The Pacers point guard scored 10 points in the frame - including a pair of 3-pointers - to help the hosts trim the deficit to eight.
From there, IN began to clamp down on defense, limiting the Bulls to 13 points IN the final quarter and getting the key stops that were largely missing IN the first half.
Oladipo remembered that missed free throw as Fox Sports was about to interview him on the court after the victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 17 points for IN (14-11), and Darren Collison finished with 14.
Turner said the Pacers didn't take the Bulls lightly.
He even did 10 pushups for missing a free throw down the stretch. And Turner stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points and eight boards. The Bulls are getting solid play from second-year point guard Kris Dunn, who led the team with 15 points on Monday and scored in double figures in 13 of the last 18 contests.
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.
The franchise record losing streak is 16 games.
You can catch that game on NBA League Pass.