It was a dominant offensive performance from the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls scored 66 points in the first half as they are still adjusting to Fred Hoiberg's new offensive system. They were led by Bobby Portis and Aaron Brooks who had 13 and 11 respectively for the Bulls. After the Pelicans started out with a seven-point lead, the Bulls went on a run and closed out the half with a 12-point lead.
It was nice to see the Bulls put on an offensive show for the fans as they looked in rhythm on offense. Even Pau Gasol showed his range from downtown, knocking down two three-pointers in the first half. The Bulls again continued their three-point barrage in this game as well, attempting 20 from downtown compared to the Pelicans' nine.
In his hometown, Anthony Davis had a monster first half. He had 22 points and five rebounds in the first half. Without Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson for the Bulls, Davis dominated the frontcourt on offense.
The Bulls started off the second half quickly with Butler knocking down a three in transition less than a minute into the third quarter, as the Bulls forced a Tyreke Evans turnover which resulted in Butler knocking down his first three of the night.
But the Pelicans quickly stormed back and cut the lead to single digits thanks to Davis and Dante Cunningham. New Orleans took advantage of a stagnant Chicago offense that shot the ball poorly and turned the ball over frequently.
The Pelicans then took the lead when Sean Kilpatrick knocked down a triple with a minute left in the third quarter. It was disappointing to see Chicago give up that double digit lead after building it up in the first half. Chicago showed its old ways of a stagnant offense but the defense did not look like the old Bulls, however, as Chicago found itself down one going into the fourth quarter.
Kilpatrick started off the fourth quarter hot, scoring five points to stretch the lead to five for the Pelicans. The Bulls tried to fight back with the likes of Doug McDermott and E'Twaun Moore leading the fourth quarter charge, but the Pelicans caught fire in the quarter and pulled away for the 123-115 win.
Bobby Portis led the Bulls with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
It was a great first half, but a very poor second half for the Bulls as they fell to the Pelicans. The Bulls went cold on offense and started making poor turnovers. Granted, they were shorthanded and it should not be a worry going forward. But that will be something for Fred Hoiberg to work on going forward.
Chicago will take on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.