Tyrese Haliburton's 3-pointer pushes Pacers past Bulls 125-122
CHICAGO - Tyrese Haliburton scored 29 points, including a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left, to give the Indiana Pacers a 125-122 victory Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.
Haliburton's game-winning shot occurred after Zach LaVine missed a free throw that would have given the Bulls the lead with 22.6 second left. LaVine, who scored a game-high 42 points, was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Bennedict Mathurin and converted the first two free throw tries.
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After Haliburton's 3-pointer, a game-tying shot attempt by Nikola Vucevic bounced off the rim. Mathurin added 17 points for the Pacers (29-36), while DeMar DeRozan scored 23 for the Bulls (29-36), who lost despite shooting 60.8% (45-for-74) from the field.
The Pacers embarked on a 17-2 run and took their first lead at 47-44 on Chris Duarte's 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the second quarter. Duarte and fellow reserve T.J. McConnell each provided a spark while Haliburton rested his sore right calf during the Pacers' spurt.
Duarte sank three 3-pointers, and McConnell distributed five assists during the Pacers' run.
Pacers: F Aaron Nesmith (sore left hip) out.
Bulls: F Javonte Green (right knee surgery) hasn't progressed past straight-ahead running and feels discomfort when attempting to move laterally, coach Billy Donovan said. Green hasn't played since Dec. 31.
Pacers: Monday vs. Philadelphia
Bulls: Wednesday at Denver