NEW ORLEANS (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 22 points and the New Orleans Pelicans won their second straight game without Zion Williamson in the lineup, beating the Chicago Bulls 124-110 on Wednesday night.
Trey Murphy III hit five 3s and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and the Pelicans combined to make 17 3-pointers en route to their third straight win overall, and fourth in five games.
With Williamson watching from the bench with a bruised right foot, New Orleans opened a lead as large as 26 points when Naji Marshall's 3 made it 108-82 with 8:10 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls didn't miss a shot attempt for about seven minutes, hitting nine straight, but could not get closer than 14 at 119-105 on DeRozan's driving dunk.
Murphy, who also had three steals, finished 5 of 6 from deep, hitting one shot from 33 feet out. He also completed a transition dunk over Nikola Vucevic, added a putback dunk and had three steals.
Brandon Ingram missed 11 of 15 shots but still had 16 points and nine assists. Jose Alvarado made 6 of 7 shots and had 13 points.
The Pelicans hit 10 of 19 3-point shots in the first half, including four makes from deep by Murphy, and led 58-53 at halftime
Bulls: Shot 11 of 17 from on free throws, marking the first time in 14 games Chicago shot below 80% from the free-throw line. ... Vucevic finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. ... Alex Caruso had 13 points in a reserve role. ... Shot 11 of 32 from 3.
Pelicans: Coach Willie Green said Williamson remains day to day and could return to action before New Orleans' homestand ends on Monday night against Golden State. ... New Orleans (9-6) is three games above .500 for the first time since Nov. 19, 2018. ... Shot better from 3-point range (51.5%) than from inside the arc (26 of 52, or 50%).
Bulls: Host Orlando on Friday night.
Pelicans: Host Boston on Friday night.
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Brett Martel, The Associated Press