DeMar DeRozan hits 3 by buzzer, Bulls beat Pacers 108-106

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – DeMar DeRozan made a 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Chicago Bulls a 108-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

DeRozan led the Bulls with 28 points and hit 8 of 24 shots and 11 of 12 free throws. Coby White added 24 points and Zach LaVine had 17 to help Chicago win its sixth game in a row.

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

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

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

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago was without coach Billy Donovan for the fourth game in a row due to COVID-19, where Chris Fleming led the team. Fleming said Donovan is expected back next week. … The starting guard Lonzo Ball also remains sidelined due to health and safety protocols. In addition, Marko Simonovic, Tony Bradley, Ersan Ilyasova and Alfonzo McKinnie were out due to COVID-19 protocols. The Bulls signed Jordan Bell to a 10-day contract on Thursday. Car Alex Caruso did not play due to a foot injury.

Pacers: Indiana was without five players, including starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who was put on the sidelines due to COVID-19 protocols. Brogdon, the team’s leading goal scorer, had already missed the previous three games with an Achilles injury. The others were Chris Duarte, Jeremy Lamb, Isaiah Jackson and Kelan Martin. Duarte had started 25 matches. Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce was also looking for a positive COVID-19 test. … Duane Washington Jr. started his NBA career for the first time and replaced Duarte. … Pacers signed Ahmad Caver to a 10-day trial contact last Friday. Indiana had signed Nate Hinton to a 10-day tough contract on Thursday.

NEXT

Bulls: In Washington Saturday night.

Pacers: In Cleveland Sunday night.

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