Pelicans (5-5), Bulls (2-6)
CHICAGO – Media members in Dallas on Friday posed questions to New Orleans players about the team winning “ugly” against the Mavericks. Saturday’s matchup vs. Chicago was even more unsightly, but ultimately the end result was the same. For a second straight night, the Pelicans posted a hard-fought road victory, this time struggling mightily on offense, at least until the overtime session.
New Orleans tied it at 83 in regulation on an Anthony Davis alley-oop slam, then stopped Chicago on several late fourth-quarter possessions to force OT. In the extra five minutes, DeMarcus Cousins scored six points and Davis threw down another dunk to eventually put away the pesky Bulls.
Saturday’s game was tied at 38 at halftime, with neither side able to generate any consistency on the offensive end.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Jameer Nelson drained a three-pointer from the right wing over a Chicago defender, giving New Orleans a 96-88 lead with just 48 seconds remaining in the extra period. Nelson continued his early-season trend of coming up with big baskets on the road for his new team, something he started at the Lakers and Sacramento on a previous Western Conference trip.