The Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls are on very different trajectories this season. One team currently holds the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference (and is just one game out of first), while the other is hovering around the bottom of the standings and likely headed back to the lottery next summer.
So when they clashed on Friday night in Chicago, nobody expected such a hard-fought battle. It was a game that came all the way down to the wire, and then some, with reigning Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo sealing the victory for the Pacers with a tough three-pointer in the waning seconds off the glass.
With the game all tied at 116-116 in the overtime period, Oladipo dribbled at the top of the key near the logo, then calmly banked in a 30-footer to give his team the three-point win.
If that wasn’t dramatic enough, with just a fraction of a second remaining on the clock on the very next possession, Zach LaVine somehow drained a crazy turn-around three-pointer at the buzzer. But upon review, he wasn’t able to get the shot off before the clock expired, and it also appeared he may have stepped out of bounds in the process.
Oladipo led the way for Indiana with 36 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on the night, while Domantis Sabonis added 23 points and 12 rebounds.