Mavs’ Noel to have thumb surgery
Pacers 98, Bulls 96
INDIANAPOLIS >> Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left, lifting Indiana to a comeback victory over Chicago.
The lowly Bulls, who have lost 10 in a row, led by as many as 17, but couldn’t hold off the Pacers in the final moments. Oladipo’s 3 gave Indiana its first lead at 97-96, and he tacked on a free throw with 12.8 seconds left.
BOSTON >> Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday that forward Nerlens Noel will have surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Noel will undergo the procedure in Cleveland later this week. Carlisle said he is then expected to be out for several weeks, but couldn’t offer a specific timetable for his return.