Holiday lifts Pelicans to 3OT win over Bulls

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — After three overtimes and playing nearly 50 minutes, Jrue Holiday was happy to get off the court.

Winning the game was a nice bonus, too.

Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds left and the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the Chicago Bulls 131-128 on Monday night.

"I really just wanted the game to be over, to be honest," he said. "I felt we had some calls that didn't go our way, but in the third overtime, we had a chance to finally close it out."

That's something that neither team could do before that point.

The Pelicans called a timeout with 4.5 seconds, but coach Monty Williams wasn't about to take credit for the mad scramble that left Holiday with a clear path to the basket.

"That's just something stupid," Williams said. "Jrue just makes the play. I'm not that bright. Sometimes I try to outthink myself. He just made a great play."

"I'd love to tell you I'm that bright, but I'm not. We draw it up for a certain thing to happen, and he just made a good play. All the credit goes to him," he said.

Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists. The point guard made an 18-foot shot with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 103 and force overtime.

Ryan Anderson had a career-high 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 7 for 11 on 3-pointers for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon added 23 points.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 37 points and also had eight rebounds and seven assists. Reserve Taj Gibson had 26 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy added 23 points and Joakim Noah had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the Bulls' first game at home following a 1-5 road trip while the circus took over the United Center for two weeks. The Bulls lost for the first time at home after winning five in a row and now have dropped six of seven.

They've won only once since point guard Derrick Rose was lost for the season with a tear in the meniscus in his right knee.

"Right now a lot of things aren't going our way," Deng said. "We have to stick with it and keep fighting and keep working hard. It's not going to turn around by itself. We have to make it happen. We're losing a lot of close games right now. It's something we have to get better with. Individually, I have to get better at making plays at the end of the game.

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