The Chicago Bulls got Jimmy Butler back from a bout with the flu and he looked very good in scoring 28 points in his return.
Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago pulled away with the win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
This was a close game until Wade asserted himself and took over in the final frame. He scored inside and outside to pull away from the Pelicans. He made a nice move towards the basket, spinning to the hoop and scoring and drawing a foul on a three point play to put the Bulls up, 102-91.
Anthony Davis scored 36 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and made three blocks but it wasn’t enough to hold off Wade in the fourth quarter. Guard E’twaun Moore, a former Bull, scored 16 for the Pelicans.
Taj Gibson had a very good game scoring 15 points and hauling in 16 boards. Guard Rajon Rondo saw action off the bench and scored 5 points with 6 assists in 19 minutes.
The Bulls were glad to see Butler back on the court.
“Jimmy does everything for us out there,” said coach Fred Hoiberg.
The Bulls out-rebounded New Orleans, 63-42, and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds. They controlled the glass, and made just enough shots to win the game.
Alvin Gentry, coach of the Pelicans thought Chicago won the game on the boards.
“You can’t give up 21 offensive rebounds and expect to win a basketball game. You just can’t do it,” said Gentry.
Chicago ended a three-game skid with the W. They next face Memphis on the road. Wade will not play in that game.