DeMar DeRozan hits 3 on the buzzer, Bulls beat Pacers 108-106 | Basketball

By MARK AMBROGI – Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – DeMar DeRozan buzzed a 28-foot 3-point shot to give the Chicago Bulls a 108-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

DeRozan led the Bulls with 28 points, making 8 of 24 shots and 11 of 12 free throws. Coby White added 24 points and Zach LaVine had 17 to help Chicago win their sixth straight game.

Caris LeVert dominated with 27 points. Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Trailing 94-90, the Pacers used a 9-0 run to take a 99-94 advantage. Chicago reduced it to 104-103 on the LaVine dunk with 1:40 to go.

The Bulls had led most of the way, taking an 82-79 advantage in the fourth quarter. Chicago’s biggest lead was nine points.

Bulls: Chicago was without coach Billy Donovan for the fourth straight game due to COVID-19, with Chris Fleming leading the team. Fleming said Donovan is expected to return next week. … Starting goalie Lonzo Ball is also sidelined due to health and safety protocols. Additionally, Marko Simonovic, Tony Bradley, Ersan Ilyasova and Alfonzo McKinnie were absent due to COVID-19 protocols. … The Bulls signed a 10-day contract with Jordan Bell on Thursday. … Alex Caruso did not play due to a foot injury.

Pacers: Indiana was without five players, including starting goalie Malcolm Brogdon sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. Brogdon, the team’s top scorer, had already missed the previous three games with an Achilles tendon injury. The others were Chris Duarte, Jeremy Lamb, Isaiah Jackson and Kelan Martin. Duarte had started 25 games. Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce was also absent following a positive COVID-19 test. … Duane Washington Jr. made the first start of his NBA career, replacing Duarte. … The Pacers signed Ahmad Caver for a difficult 10-day contact on Friday. Indiana signed a 10-day hardship contract with Nate Hinton on Thursday.

Bulls: In Washington on Saturday night.

Pacers: In Cleveland Sunday night.

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