CHICAGO: Ryan Anderson scored an NBA career-high 36 points and Jrue Holiday made the deciding 3-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in triple overtime Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as New Orleans edged Chicago 131-128.
Eric Gordon added 23 points for the Pelicans, who were playing their first game without injured top scorer and rebounder Anthony Davis but were still able to complete a perfect three-game road trip, improving to 9-8.
Britain’s Luol Deng had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a losing cause as the Bulls fell to 7-9. It was Chicago’s sixth loss in seven games but the team’s first home loss of the season.
Davis, last year’s top pick in the NBA Draft, broke his left hand Sunday in New York but the Pelicans—known as the Hornets until this season—took advantage of the best scoring performance in Anderson’s six NBA seasons to beat the Bulls.
Holiday, who sent the game into the first extra five-minute period on a jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation time, finished with 19 points and 12 assists.
Chicago’s Taj Gibson scored 26 points and contributed 14 rebounds while Mike Dunleavy netted 23 points for the Bulls.
In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers downed Indiana 106-102, snapping the Pacers’ NBA win streak at seven games despite a career-high 43 points by Paul George.
Damian Lillard added 26 points for Portland and Aldridge contributed 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who matched San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference at 15-3 with their second win in a row after an 11-game win streak was ended on Wednesday at Phoenix.