Pelicans, Bulls meet in game between improving teams

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks to Anthony Davis during the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday

The Pelicans trailed the Bulls by 17 points with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, which is one point shy of the largest comeback in the final five minutes of a game in the last 20 seasons.

It actually required two extra periods to decide the contest and that allowed DeMarcus Cousins to tally 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists.

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins scored against the Chicago Bulls during an National Basketball Association game in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

Zach LaVine finished with 19 points, Justin Holiday 15 and Nikola Mirotic 14 for Chicago, who at one stage appeared on their way to their fifth win in six games with a big lead early in the fourth.

Playing well coming out of halftime has been a major issue for New Orleans in recent weeks and it hurt them once again on Monday night.

Markkanen's layup tied the score before Davis made two free throw with three seconds left. As a team, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field and seven of 27 form the three-point line but they really had to work for it despite leading by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter.

Pelicans guard Ian Clark had a look at on open 3 that could've won the game but he airballed the shot, sending the game into a second overtime.

For the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls, all the arrows are pointing up. E-Twaun Moore scored 15 points, Jrue Holiday added 12 and Darius Miller came off the bench to score 10.

Despite coming away with a season-high 132 points, New Orleans ended the night shooting only 41.6 percent from the field.

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