Gasol, Brooks help Bulls beat Pelicans, 98-94

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CHICAGO (AP) Pau Gasol had 18 points and Aaron Brooks scored 15 of his 17 in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls beat the New Orleans Pelicans 98-94 on Saturday night.

Jimmy Butler added 15 points for the Bulls, who trailed for most of the game.

Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans each scored 22 points for the Pelicans, who fell to 1-11 on the road. Eric Gordon added 14.

Davis tied it at 94 with a three-point play with 1:47 remaining, and Brooks' layup gave the Bulls a 96-94 lead with 40 seconds to play.

Gordon missed a jumper with 30 seconds left before Derrick Rose nailed a 15-footer for a 98-94 lead with 11.5 seconds remaining. Evans missed a 3 right before the buzzer.

Doug McDermott added 12 points for the Bulls. Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic each had 10.

Brooks and Kirk Hinrich hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 73-70 Bulls lead with 9:43 remaining - their first lead since 4-3. But the Pelicans retook the lead at 79-77 on Evans' 3 with 7:31 left.

With the score tied at 89, Davis missed two free throws. Gordon made a layup for a brief Pelicans lead before Brooks hit a 3 to put Chicago back on top. Gasol's jumper extended it to 94-91 with 2:05 left.

New Orleans opened the third with a 12-5 run to extend its lead to 10. Davis' two-handed dunk and two free throws pushed the lead to 57-47 with 7:12 left in the third.

The Pelicans led by as much as 11 points in the first quarter, as the Bulls committed seven turnovers. New Orleans extended the lead to 14 - matching its largest margin of the season - before the Bulls went on a 12-4 run to pull within 45-42 at halftime. Chicago shot 36.6 percent from the field while New Orleans shot 46.5 percent.

Chicago has won 12 of 15 in the series.

The game was briefly delayed with 5:45 remaining for a fan throwing an object onto the court.


Pelicans: F Ryan Anderson (stomach illness), G Jrue Holiday (lower right leg) and F/G Quincy Pondexter (left knee) were out.

Bulls: Rose played without a face mask for the entire game for the first time this season. He ditched the mask in the second half of Thursday's game against the Clippers after he was cleared to play without it earlier in the week. Rose fractured his left orbital bone on the first day of practice. . G/F Mike Dunleavy remains in ''rehab mode,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said. Dunleavy is recovering from back surgery he underwent in September. Hoiberg said the Bulls are unable to set up a timetable for Dunleavy's return until he performs on-court workouts. . Butler's streak of 29 straight games with at least one steal is the longest active streak in the NBA and his career.


Pelicans: At Portland on Monday.

Bulls: Host Philadelphia on Monday.