Anthony Davis, the talented, young F-C injured his right shoulder after a dunk with 4:16 to play in the second quarter and the Bulls took advantage, going on a 40-11 run to salt away the game. The Bulls won handily, 107-72.
Key starters have missed games for Chicago, notably Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Mike Dunleavy missed his 18th game due to a nagging ankle injury and hasn’t played since January 1st.
Chicago is now 18-9 on the road, while winning 13 of 24 home games. The Bulls face the Orlando Magic Sunday night to end their 6 game road trip. With the win, Chicago ended its 3 game losing streak. For today, the ship is a bit righted in the swelling seas of the NBA season.
The Bulls made 51% of shots from the field and 10-22 shots from long-distance. Tony Snell had a sharp-shooters night making 5 of 6 treys for 19 points in the game. Doug McDermott had 9 points in just over 4 minutes of action, making all 3 of his shots and hitting 2 FT’s.
Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose each had 20 points. Gasol picked up another double-double due to hauling in 15 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points. Significantly, Butler played 33:43 minutes in the game. He leads the NBA in minutes played. Gasol played 27:34, well under his average per game. Guard Tyreke Evans scored 15 for the Pelicans, who were never in the game after half-time.
Chicago played with good energy and purpose in the Big Easy to earn the W. Making half of your shots on the road is not easy but the Bulls managed to do this. Of course, the injury to Davis helped the Bulls get going.