Victor Oladipo has been clutch for the Indiana Pacers this season.
The All-Star shooting guard pulled through for his team again, knocking down a game-winning three in overtime to push the Pacers past the Bulls 119-116 for their fifth-straight win.
But there was a lot more to this game than just that - this was one of the craziest finishes of the NBA season thus far.
The Pacers led by six with only 1:12 remaining in regulation but could not put the Bulls away. Zach LaVine buried a huge 3-pointer to bring his team within two and when Bojan Bogdanovic went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, LaVine made him pay with a clutch 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
👇👇👇👇👇👇https://t.co/uQuxPhfDcT @ZachLaVine for #NBAAllStar- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 5, 2019
The Bulls carried that momentum into the overtime period and had a three point lead with a minute and a half to go. Oladipo finished an easy layup to make it a one-point game but Kris Dunn responded back with authority.
MY OH MY. @KrisDunn3 gets all up in there against the Pacers 😮🔨 pic.twitter.com/OZGuGEAWuA- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 5, 2019
This dunk on the NBA's leading shot blocker, Myles Turner, gave the Bulls a 113-110 lead with 1:05 on the clock but Oladipo refused to let his team lose. He answered that dunk with a three to tie the game and after LaVine was called for a travel on the next possession, it was Turner who got his revenge by hitting a clutch go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left.
Lauri Markkanen did his part to keep the Bulls alive by matching Turner's three to tie things up with nine seconds left but that was just enough time for one of the league's clutchest players this season.
CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/7BQd80lgHk- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 5, 2019
Oladipo banked in a game-winning 3-pointer leaving 0.3 seconds on the clock to give the Pacers the win, for the moment. LaVine converted a crazy turnaround 3-pointer as time expired but he did not get the shot off in time as the Pacers continue their recent tear.
💔💔💔- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 5, 2019
0.3 seconds left in OT and this clutch shot by @ZachLaVine was split second too late: pic.twitter.com/oTCn30ttgZ
Oladipo finished with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block, outdueling LaVine's 31-point effort. The reigning Most Improved Player's clutch stats this season are downright ridiculous.
He's averaging 5.1 points in clutch situations, second-best in the league trailing only Kemba Walker. But where he separates himself is his shooting percentage in the clutch - he leads the NBA shooting 62.2 percent, converting 23 of his 37 attempts when it matters most.
Indiana has now won 12 of their last 14 games thanks in-part to the play of Oladipo and they've made a quick push to the top-half of the Eastern Conference. They sit at 26-12, just one game behind the Toronto Raptors for second place and 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the top spot.