The New Orleans Pelicans pull away from the Chicago Bulls with a 96 to 90 win

The New Orleans Pelicans pull away from the Chicago Bulls with a 96 to 90 win

Both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls were each hoping to grab their second straight win as they played each other at the United Center in Illinois.  The Pelicans would still be without Rajon Rondo (a hernia) for this game, as well as Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision) Josh Smith (coach’s decision), Omer Asik (illness), Charles Cooke (G-League), Jalen Jones (G-League), Frank Jackson (foot), Alexis Ajinca (knee), and Solomon Hill (hamstring).  The Bulls were still missing Bobby Portis (suspension), Nikola Mirotic (face), and Zach LaVine (ACL), along with Antonio Blakeney (G-League), Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League) and Cameron Payne (foot).

The first quarter of the game would be held close as the Bulls shot forty percent from the field while the Pelicans shot thirty-six percent.  Anthony Davis would chalk up eight points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds as DeMarcus Cousins was held to just a three-pointer and two defensive rebounds.  Robin Lopez scored nine points for the Bulls while Justin Holiday chalked up six points.  Holiday would connect for a three-pointer in the process, along with grabbing three defensive rebounds.  E’Twaun Moore was scoreless in the entire quarter he played but he would manage to grab two defensive rebounds and dish off two assists as the Bulls went into the second quarter with a tight 19 to 17 lead.

The New Orleans team responded in the second quarter as they shot forty-five percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to a low twenty-six percent.  Denzel Valentine came off of the bench to score seven points (sixty percent shooting) while collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.  David Nwaba shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but only received five points in return, including one three-pointer.  Davis continued to contribute for the Pelicans as he posted up six points and four defensive rebounds.  Jameer Nelson would score five points with three coming from beyond the arc while Cousins was held to four points with two defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday was also only allowed four points but he did manage to get off three assists as the game was tied at 38 heading into halftime.

The Bulls went on a 26 to 19 run in the third period as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the New Orleans Pelicans shot thirty-three percent. Justin Holiday started to heat up as he scored ten points with six of them coming from beyond the arc. Paul Zipser had four points while Lopez had three points and three rebounds in the twelve minutes that he played.

Anthony Davis ended up with nine more additional points and four rebounds. Darius Miller came off of the bench to collect five points (one-hundred percent shooting) which would include one three-pointer. Holiday played the entire quarter was held to just four points. Cousins was limited to just a free-throw as the Chicago team had a 64-57 advantage heading into the last quarter.

The visiting team would make a comeback in the fourth period with a 26-19 run, shooting forty-one percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-seven percent. Cousins would make up for last quarter as he gets hot for eleven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Miller came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Davis was held to just two points.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen recorded eight points on sixty percent shooting, hitting a three-pointer while doing so. Valentine nailed two three-pointers while Jerian Grant was held to just one three-pointer. The game would come down to the wire as Anthony Davis slams home an alley-oop from Jrue Holiday to send the game into overtime, 83-83. The Pelicans would end up closing it out in overtime, winning the game with a 96-90 score. Anthony Davis would finish the game with twenty-seven points, sixteen assists, and three blocks. Justin Holiday finished with eighteen points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block.

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