Gordon’s jumper lifts Bulls over Pacers
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon’s fade away jump shot with two
ticks left on the clock lifted the Chicago Bulls over the Indiana Pacers,
92-90, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
With Chicago holding a 90-88 lead, Jermaine O’Neal scored on a fade away jump
shot with 1:02 left to tie the score heading down to the final minute.
Both teams turned the ball over several times, before Malik Allen rebounded a
missed Jamaal Tinsley jumper. Gordon replaced Ben Wallace for offensive
purposes, a move that paid off as he scored on a fade away of his own with
just two ticks left for the game winner.
Gordon scored 31 points for Chicago, which is fifth in the Eastern Conference
playoff race and won its second straight. Luol Deng posted 14 points and 10
rebounds and Kirk Hinrich also had 14 points for Chicago, which is still four
games off the lead in the Central Division,
O’Neal posted 39 points and 14 boards for Indiana, which continued a three-
game homestand and has dropped 14 of their last 16 games. Mike Dunleavy scored
23 points for the Pacers, who will close out the stand on Tuesday versus the
Trailing by six nearing the midway point of the first quarter, Indiana went on
a 7-2 spurt — ended by Troy Murphy’s trey at the four-minute mark — and led
29-28 heading into the second.
Chicago went on a 10-2 run ended by Adrian Griffin’s layup with 7:22
remaining, but Indiana responded with a 12-2 burst, with O’Neal’s jumper
putting the Pacers ahead 48-40 with 3:44 to go.
Indiana held a 52-50 halftime advantage.
The Pacers scored the first eight points out of the locker room for a double-
digit, 60-50, lead a tick under two minutes into the third. But, the Bulls
closed the stanza on a 12-2 run capped by Gordon’s jumper at the buzzer for a
71-70 deficit heading into the fourth.
Sunday’s game between the Central Division rivals was the fourth and final
meeting of the regular season. The Bulls were 3-1 in the season series and
have won four of five and five of the last seven matchups…Chicago, though,
has lost 16 of 18 and 17 of its last 20 at Indiana.