NEW ORLEANS -- Forward Anthony Davis scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 88-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena.
Playing with a dislocated left index finger -- on his non-shooting hand -- Davis didn't seem bothered in the least. His six blocks gave him the franchise record of at least four blocks in six consecutive games, and the Pelicans recorded 14 blocks overall.
Davis made 10 of 14 shots, including three mid-range jumpers in the fourth quarter, to hand New Orleans (20-26) its fifth victory in the last seven games.
The Bulls (23-23) were paced by guard D.J. Augustin, who had 23 points, but they shot just 39 percent and lost for only the second time in nine road games.
Davis scored eight third-quarter points as New Orleans built a 71-57 lead. When Evans had trouble getting his outside shot to fall, he drove into the lane and hit a right-hand floater, drawing contact and converting the three-point play. The Pelicans held the Bulls to 6-of-18 shooting in the third quarter.
Augustin, a New Orleans native, scored nine of the Bulls' 12 points in a first-quarter run that erased a 13-5 deficit and cut the Pelicans lead to 23-21 at the end of the quarter.
But the Pelicans scored 12 consecutive points in a 2:43 span of the second quarter -- with five each coming from reserve guards Anthony Morrow and Austin Rivers -- to extend their lead to 35-23. The Bulls failed to score on five consecutive possessions.
The New Orleans bench outscored the Chicago reserves 23-3 in the first half, and the Pelicans grabbed a 50-39 lead at intermission. Davis led the Pelicans with nine points, but eight others scored at least three points. The Pelicans made 20 of 38 from the field (52.6 percent) against the Bulls' normally suffocating defense.
The Bulls stay within striking distance because of Augustin's 17 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting. Noah added eight points and four rebounds in the half.
NOTES: The Bulls entered the game having won seven of their previous eight road games. ... Chicago posted the best record in the East in January (11-4). ... Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Pelicans F Anthony Davis last summer for USA Basketball, said he has been amazed at the second-year player's progress. "He's developing into a great player," Thibodeau said. "There's not too many 20/10 (points/rebounds) players in the league. You can tell he's getting a lot more comfortable shooting the ball. He has a big impact on the game defensively, he can cover for mistakes and his athleticism is through the roof." ... New Orleans G Tyreke Evans was seeking to rebound from 5-of-20 shooting and 14 total points in the previous two games. "He just had a couple of bad game," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "It happens. Teams are keying on him." ... C Jason Williams is expected to miss "months" following knee surgery earlier this week, Williams said.