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Davis' big night helps Pelicans end 6-game skid, beat Bulls

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis made a 3-pointer, pulled up to hit a 10-foot jumper and threw down a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam in the span of about two minutes late in the first quarter.

That pivotal stretch seemed to mark the end of Davis' recent shooting slump and the end of losing basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and New Orleans ended a six-game skid with a 107-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

''I don't think it was entirely the elbow,'' Davis said. ''It was just me overthinking and hesitating on shots. Tonight I just played calm. The shots I felt comfortable shooting, I shot with no hesitation.''

After missing four of his first five shots, Davis hit his next eight on his way to his first 30-plus point game since New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 23.

''It was really big for him just to get his groove back,'' guard Jrue Holiday said. ''There were a couple games there like last game where he probably didn't shoot as well as he wanted to.''

Holiday had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while being guarded primarily by brother Justin. Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson each scored 12 points for New Orleans.

''We were just in a situation where we needed a win in the worst way,'' said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, whose team was back home after an 0-5 road trip. ''Just to come home and get a win, I think that takes a little bit of pressure off the guys.''

Zach LaVine scored 22 and Jabari Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped five of six games. Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter Jr. each scored 17 points, and Carter also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Davis' strong second quarter helped the Pelicans take 58-50 lead into halftime and New Orleans never trailed again, going up by as many as 18 late in the third quarter before Chicago rallied back to within single digits.

''We battled back tonight to make it a single-digit game there at the end,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''It all goes back to playing the right way from the beginning of the game. We've got a lot of work to do on both ends of the floor.''

LaVine's 30-foot 3 cut New Orleans' lead to 94-88 with less than six minutes to go. But the Bulls never got closer.

Jrue Holiday blocked a shot, hit a turnaround fade and added two free throws to help put the Pelicans up by nine with 1:30 left.

''He can do it on both ends, obviously,'' Davis said of Holiday. ''When he's playing like this, being the Jrue Holiday that we all know, we're definitely a tough team to beat and he's a tough player to guard.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: LaVine has scored 20-plus points in all 12 of his game this season. ... Ryan Arcidiacono scored 11 points, hitting three of four 3-point shots. ... The Bulls shot 39.6 percent (38 of 96) and missed 22 of 31 3s.

Pelicans: Elfrid Payton missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle injury. Gentry said he's hopeful the starting point guard would be ready to return for New Orleans next game. ... Nikola Mirotic's recent long-range slump continued. He went 1-for-8 from 3, making him 10 of his last 43 from deep. He finished with nine points. ...... The Pelicans outrebounded the Bulls 55-46. ... Darius Miller hit three of four 3s and finished with 11 points. ... Holiday eclipsed 2,000 career assists with his fifth of the game.

TURNOVER TROUBLE

Although Chicago had won its previous game, both teams had largely struggled lately and the game got sloppy at times. New Orleans committed 15 turnover and Chicago 12.

The Pelicans now have 103 turnovers in their previous six games.

Against the Bulls, however, New Orleans had enough good ball movement to win, amassing 32 assists on 42 made field goals.

PASSING OUT

Davis had seven assists, giving him six or more in half of the eight games in which he has played.

''Knowing that a lot of teams are going to double-team me ... my job is to kick it out to the shooters and it's their job to make shots,'' Davis said. ''I've got to make the right plays, trust in my teammates and guys made shots tonight.''

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.

Pelicans: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   Wendell Carter Jr. missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
11:38   Team rebound  
11:38   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
11:38   Jabari Parker missed free throw  
11:31   Team rebound  
11:28   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Wesley Johnson  
11:14 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 0-3
10:54 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made layup 2-3
10:46   Anthony Davis missed layup, blocked by Wendell Carter Jr.  
10:46   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
10:38   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Justin Holiday  
10:35 +2 Justin Holiday made layup 4-3
10:24   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
10:24   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:15   Nikola Mirotic missed hook shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
10:06   Cameron Payne missed jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
9:58 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 4-5
9:49   Cameron Payne missed layup  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
9:40   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:33   Cameron Payne missed driving layup  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:23   Personal foul on Cameron Payne  
9:14   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Shooting foul on E'Twaun Moore  
9:06 +1 Jabari Parker made 1st of 2 free throws 5-5
9:06 +1 Jabari Parker made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-5
8:56 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 6-8
8:33 +2 Cameron Payne made layup, assist by Zach LaVine 8-8
8:25   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:03 +2 Anthony Davis made fade-away jump shot, assist by Wesley Johnson 8-10
7:46 +2 Jabari Parker made jump shot, assist by Zach LaVine 10-10
7:27 +2 Cameron Payne made layup, assist by Jabari Parker 12-10
7:09   Nikola Mirotic missed driving layup  
7:03   Offensive rebound by Wesley Johnson  
7:03 +2 Wesley Johnson made dunk 12-12
6:36   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Cameron Payne  
6:23   Bad pass turnover on Cameron Payne, stolen by Jrue Holiday  
6:18 +3 Wesley Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 14-15
6:05   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Wesley Johnson  
5:43 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Anthony Davis 14-17
5:27   Zach LaVine missed jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
5:18   Shooting foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
5:18 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 14-18
5:18   Anthony Davis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
4:56   Wendell Carter Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:32   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
4:28   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:22   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:58   Anthony Davis missed layup  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
3:47   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:40   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Team rebound  
3:27 +2 Jrue Holiday made dunk, assist by Julius Randle 14-20
3:17 +2 Jabari Parker made jump shot 16-20
3:02 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Julius Randle 16-23
2:48 +2 Jabari Parker made layup 18-23
2:38   Jrue Holiday missed driving layup  
2:34   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
2:19 +2 Antonio Blakeney made jump shot 20-23
2:06   Julius Randle missed jump shot, blocked by Wendell Carter Jr.  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
1:58 +3 Ryan Arcidiacono made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antonio Blakeney 23-23
1:35   Traveling violation turnover on Anthony Davis  
1:18   Offensive foul on Ryan Arcidiacono  
1:18   Offensive foul on Ryan Arcidiacono  
1:07 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Ian Clark 23-25
1:07   Shooting foul on Cristiano Felicio  
1:07   Anthony Davis missed free throw  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
0:50   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:44 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Tim Frazier 23-27
0:33   Out of bounds turnover on Antonio Blakeney  
0:22 +2 Ian Clark made layup, assist by Anthony Davis 23-29
0:03 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Arcidiacono 26-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41   Tim Frazier missed reverse layup  
11:39   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
11:34   Chandler Hutchison missed layup  
11:31   Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo  
11:24 +3 Julius Randle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tim Frazier 26-32
11:11 +2 Zach LaVine made jump shot, assist by Cristiano Felicio 28-32
10:51 +2 Julius Randle made finger-roll layup 28-34
10:31 +2 Zach LaVine made jump shot, assist by Chandler Hutchison 30-34
10:16 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Julius Randle 30-37
9:59 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cristiano Felicio 33-37
9:45   Defensive rebound by Antonio Blakeney  
9:36   Chandler Hutchison missed floating jump shot  
9:35   Offensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
9:35   Shooting foul on Cheick Diallo  
9:35   Chandler Hutchison missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:35   Team rebound  
9:35 +1 Chandler Hutchison made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-37
9:18 +2 Cheick Diallo made floating jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 34-39
8:58 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup 36-39
8:53   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:52   Personal foul on Cheick Diallo  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo  
8:24 +2 Julius Randle made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 36-41
8:07   Offensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio  
7:58   Antonio Blakeney missed floating jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
7:36   Tim Frazier missed layup  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio  
7:28   Chandler Hutchison missed driving layup  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Julius Randle  
7:20   Offensive foul on Julius Randle  
7:20   Offensive foul on Julius Randle  
7:00   Antonio Blakeney missed driving layup  
6:58   Defensive rebound by Julius Randle  
6:44   E'Twaun Moore missed floating jump shot  
6:43   Offensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
6:43   E'Twaun Moore missed dunk  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
6:35   Zach LaVine missed layup, blocked by Cheick Diallo  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
6:30 +2 E'Twaun Moore made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 36-43
6:30   Shooting foul on Chandler Hutchison  
6:30 +1 E'Twaun Moore made free throw 36-44
6:08   Lost ball turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by Jrue Holiday  
6:04 +2 Anthony Davis made driving layup, assist by E'Twaun Moore 36-46
5:56   Jabari Parker missed layup, blocked by E'Twaun Moore  
5:56   Team rebound  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:28 +2 Nikola Mirotic made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 36-48
5:15 +2 Zach LaVine made layup 38-48
4:55   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:43 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cameron Payne 41-48
4:26   Darius Miller missed jump shot  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:19 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Zach LaVine 43-48
4:08   Violation  
4:01 +2 Anthony Davis made driving layup 43-50
4:01   Shooting foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:01 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 43-51
3:45   Zach LaVine missed layup  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:38   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
3:30   Cameron Payne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:26   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:13   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Justin Holiday  
3:07   Out of bounds turnover on Jabari Parker  
2:50 +2 Anthony Davis made turnaround jump shot 43-53
2:28   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
2:14   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
2:06   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:00   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:48 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 43-55
1:34   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:34   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
1:27 +3 Wendell Carter Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Holiday 46-55
1:15   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
1:05 +2 Jabari Parker made jump shot 48-55
0:50   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
0:37   Personal foul on Kenrich Williams  
0:28   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
0:28   Zach LaVine missed jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
0:28   Personal foul on Zach LaVine  
0:18 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 48-58
0:02 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup 50-58
0:01   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup, assist by Wesley Johnson 50-60
11:22   Zach LaVine missed fade-away jump shot  
11:19   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
11:12   Anthony Davis missed floating jump shot, blocked by Wendell Carter Jr.  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
10:47   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
10:33   Wesley Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
10:23   Zach LaVine missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:05   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
9:55 +2 Justin Holiday made jump shot 52-60
9:45 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 52-63
9:28 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made jump shot, assist by Zach LaVine 54-63
9:10   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:03   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
9:03 +1 Jabari Parker made 1st of 2 free throws 55-63
9:03 +1 Jabari Parker made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-63
8:46 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Jrue Holiday 56-65
8:31 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made reverse layup, assist by Justin Holiday 58-65
8:31 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made free throw 59-65
8:16 +3 Wesley Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 59-68
7:58   Jabari Parker missed jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:48   Personal foul on Justin Holiday  
7:39   Shooting foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
7:39 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 59-69
7:39 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-70
7:22   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:09   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Cameron Payne  
7:08   Out of bounds turnover on Cameron Payne  
6:49   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Cameron Payne  
6:41   Wendell Carter Jr. missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Wesley Johnson  
6:35 +2 Wesley Johnson made driving layup, assist by Anthony Davis 59-72
6:35   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
6:35   Anthony Davis missed free throw  
6:35   Team rebound  
6:19   Cameron Payne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:03   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
6:03 +1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 59-73
6:03   Jrue Holiday missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
5:41   Ryan Arcidiacono missed driving layup  
5:41   Team rebound  
5:31 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 59-75
5:15   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:03 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 59-77
4:48 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup 61-77
4:34   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Justin Holiday  
4:25   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
4:25 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 62-77
4:25   Wendell Carter Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:23   Defensive rebound by Julius Randle  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
3:57   Antonio Blakeney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:44   Team rebound  
3:44   Jrue Holiday missed dunk  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
3:27   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
3:16   Bad pass turnover on Ryan Arcidiacono, stolen by Anthony Davis  
3:02 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Julius Randle 62-80
2:54   Personal foul on Ian Clark  
2:54   Team rebound  
2:54   Jabari Parker missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:41   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
2:31 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup 65-80
2:27   Personal foul on Zach LaVine  
2:14   Tim Frazier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:02   Team rebound  
1:53 +3 Ryan Arcidiacono made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jabari Parker 68-80
1:37 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by Darius Miller 68-82
1:25   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Offensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
1:21   Offensive foul on Jabari Parker  
1:21   Offensive foul on Jabari Parker  
1:16   Offensive foul on Ian Clark  
1:16   Offensive foul on Ian Clark  
1:05   Personal foul on Ian Clark  
1:05 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 69-82
1:05 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-82
0:57   Jrue Holiday missed layup, blocked by Zach LaVine  
0:57