Tonight, the Bulls just did a better job across the board as their effort and execution were a step ahead. The Bulls beat us on the boards, with points in the paint and turnovers. They were also awarded with more free throw attempts because they played more aggressively throughout. Oh, and yeah, Jimmy Butler needs to be getting showered with more praise.
Anthony Davis led the way with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. Tyreke Evans was outstanding too with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jrue Holiday chipped in 19 and 7 and Ryan Anderson led the reserves with 13 points. Unfortunately the rest of the roster combined for just 13 points on 5 of 20 from the floor. The Bulls bench outscored the Pelicans 37-22.
Considering all the negatives, I feel it was a positive the Pelicans were able to stay with the Bulls for the entirety. Chicago is a very good team, one that I expect to make the NBA Finals. Losing to them on their floor isn't a cause for concern.
Stay tuned for Matty's full recap later tonight. Geaux Pels!