Ryan Anderson finished with 36 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans sneak past the Chicago Bulls, 131-128. The Pelicans shot 50-113 (44.2%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 22 boards. This is the 3rd straight victory for New Orleans (9-8).
Anderson finished 12-20 (7-11 from three-point range) and 5-5 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. New Orleans also got solid performances from Eric Gordon with 23 points and 7 rebounds, Jrue Holiday with 19 points and 12 assists, and Al-Farouq Aminu with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Luol Deng had another strong performance for Chicago despite the loss, putting up 37 points on 15-27 shooting from the field and 7-11 from the free throw line. He also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Taj Gibson chipped in 26 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Joakim Noah put up 19 points and 10 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of New Orleans (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of Chicago (ranked 26th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.13 points per possession.
Chicago (7-9) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Cleveland on Saturday.
Coming up next, the Pelicans square off against the Dallas Mavericks, who are 10-8 on the year. The Bulls go up against the Miami Heat, currently 14-3 this season. The Bulls have a 0-1 record against Miami this season.
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