By Joseph Phillips
Sports writer, The Chicago Crusader Newspaper
After building a 21 point lead through three quarters, the Chicago Bulls fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 127-125, in a heart breaking loss on Wednesday night at the United Center in game two of the preseason.
“Playing better team defense,” said Coby White, after watching his team surrender a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter in a loss to the Pelicans. “And with the last play drawn up for me, I got to go get the ball. Simple (as that). I got to go get the ball.”
With 7.3 seconds remaining in the game, coach Jim Boylen drew up a play for White at half court, but was denied the opportunity. As the Pelicans defense forced White out of the play and the ball into the hands of point guard Ryan Arcidiacono, who took an errand shot from half court as time expired.
The Pelicans drained 14 three pointers throughout the game, and would outscore the Bulls 41-18 to close out the 4th quarter.
In addition to the big fourth quarter by the Pelicans, rookie sensation Zion Williamson exploded for a game high 29 points. Including several breath taking plays and dunks, sending the United Center crowd into an uproar.
Bulls guard Zach Lavine was the headliner through most of tonight’s game, finishing with 28 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field through three quarters of play. But it wasn’t enough, as the 4th quarter horror show was too much to overcome for the Bulls.
Final Score: Pelicans 127, Bulls 125.
Chicago Crusader Player’s of The Game:
- Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls, 28 points.
- Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, 29 points.