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DeMar DeRozan had an overtime spell against Indiana Pacers


INDIANAPOLIS — DeMar DeRozan never practices missed shots. So it was a foreign feeling when he deliberately tried to miss his second free throw with three seconds left with a two-point lead on the scoreboard at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

Alex Caruso offered some quick advice: Lift the ball as high as you can, try to place it on one side or the other of the rim, and hope for the best. DeRozan threw the ball up and it bounced as if he had been rehearsing the move his entire career.

DeRozan moves through these moments with unusual ease. So after a deliberate miss and a lucky leap, he was ready to finish the game as a hero once again. The Bulls made a play for DeRozan. He broke it almost immediately, spinning down the baseline and eventually making the tying shot that sent the Bulls into their 10th overtime of the season.

Back on the bench, DeRozan turned to Jevon Carter and made a promise: “I’m going to go crazy.”

DeRozan scored nine points in overtime to cap off his 46-point performance, his highest scoring night of the season and the fifth game of his Bull career with 45 or more points. Another big scoring night for the Bulls led them to a 132-129 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

“Hall of Fame. “He’s one of the best scorers this game has ever seen,” Ayo Dosunmu said of DeRozan after the game. “He was locked in. I was very impressed with DeMar, he was locked in no matter what throughout the entire run of the game. “It’s very important for us to have him as our leader, to always have that mentality and know that no matter what, we have a chance to win.”

Despite the victory, the Bulls face a looming question after Wednesday’s win: injury view For star guard Coby White, who left the game after injuring his right hip in the final five seconds of regulation.

White was trying to secure the win for the Bulls without the need for overtime, quickly moving down the court after taking a long rebound and diving for a layup that would put the Bulls ahead by three points. But Pascal Siakam ran with him, cleared the shot and landed on White in the process.

On landing, White’s left leg bent and his right leg extended outward at a 90-degree angle, turning his hips outward. White immediately grabbed his hip in pain but was able to walk to the locker room under his own power with a heavy limp.

Chicago Bulls guard Coby White grabs his leg after a second-half collision on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Coach Billy Donovan confirmed after the game that White suffered a right hip injury. The team will undergo screenings when they return to Chicago. Donovan said the Bulls medical staff cannot assess the severity of the injury until they receive those test results.

“We’ll have to take responsibility, it’s nothing too serious,” Donovan said.

White declined to speak to the media after the game, but was able to stand and walk around the locker room while chatting and laughing with his teammates during the time media was present.

White loss tests Bulls another clutch finishThat would leave the offense solely dependent on DeRozan to score the majority of points in overtime. But even without their star guard, the Bulls had an experience advantage.


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