New Orleans had their chances to pull out the win tonight, but they came up just short. In the final 30 seconds and the Pelicans down 2 points, Eric Gordon missed an open look from three-point range. Derrick Rose came down the other end, made a contested long two, and that was all she wrote.
The Pelicans started the game out energetic and raced out to a 14-point lead during the 2nd quarter, but the Bulls reduced the deficit to just 3 at halftime. Early, Chicago amassed a number of turnovers that included 4 steals by Alonzo Gee; however, by the time 24 minutes had elapsed, the team turnover disparity margin was just 1.
In the third quarter, the Pelicans opened up a 9-point lead, but again, the Bulls came back and went ahead in the fourth quarter. Their spark plug was none other than... Aaron Brooks. (You remember him Saints' fans?) He scored 15 of his 17 points in the final frame to help the woeful Bulls offense find some life late.
Anthony Davis had one of his worst shooting games of the season, finishing 8 for 24 from the field and 6-9 from the foul line. He relied on his perimeter jumper to his detriment to tally a mere 22 points on such high volume.
Tyreke Evans led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points, 8 assists and 2 threes. Eric Gordon added 14 and Norris Cole 10. Alonzo Gee finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. Those thefts nearly tied his career high of 6 from January 15th, 2010.
Stay tuned for Quentin's full recap coming up in a bit.