The Chicago Bulls were bound to lose that first game on their home court this season, I just figured it’d be Thursday night, not Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. A team that is without their best player, Anthony Davis. The Pelicans downed the Bulls in three overtime periods by a score of 131-128.
The Bulls held a six point lead at halftime and appeared to have everything on the right track. The Pelicans outscored the Bulls by 3 in the third and fourth quarters to send the game to it’s first overtime.
Each team would score 6 points in the first overtime and then 13 points in the second overtime, that sent the game to it’s third overtime period.
The game was tied with about five seconds left in the third overtime and the Pelicans had the ball out of bounds. Jrue Holiday set himself up in the backcourt and ran off a screen from one of his teammates. His other two teammates had cleared to the corners which allowed Holiday a wide open run to the basket. He would make the basket and get fouled on the play by Taj Gibson. Holiday sunk the free throw to give the Pelicans a three point lead.
The Bulls would come down and set up a play for Mike Dunleavy, but Dunleavy’s three would fall short and so would the Bulls’ chances of winning the ball game.
Chicago got 37 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists from Luol Deng in his 56 minutes on the court. They also got double-doubles from Joakim Noah, 19 points and 10 rebounds, Kirk Hinrich, 13 points and 11 assists, and Taj Gibson, 26 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy was the other Bull in double figures with 23 points. Mike was 6-10 from behind the arc in the game.
New Orleans had 6 players in double figures. Most notably was Ryan Anderson, who had 36 points on 12-20 shooting. Eric Gordon had 23 points in the game and a key three pointer at the end of the first extra session.
The Bulls now fall to two games under .500 at 7-9, and it doesn’t get much easier for this team. On Thursday evening they will welcome the Miami Heat to the United Center. Game time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT.