New Orleans Pelicans Win a Marathon in Triple Overtime Against the Bulls

Jrue Holiday ran straight down the floor and hit an and-one layup to propel the Pelicans in triple over-time. This was a game to remember. Ryan Anderson was astounding as he finished with 37 points.

In fact, it’s surprising the game even went to a third overtime. With New Orleans up by two points in the second over-time period, Ryan Anderson was called for a dubious offensive foul. Luol Deng (37 points) then hit a layup to send the game to a third overtime.

In the final period Ryan Anderson hit a fade-away two and a three in the corner to put New Orleans up by one. Joakim Noah hit a running left hook after Anthony Morrow missed a free-throw and it looked like things would go to a fourth over-time.

Then came one of the most brilliant offensive plays I’ve ever seen out of a time-out. Jrue Holiday stood on the opposite side of half court with the rest of the Pelicans spread out. The referees blew their whistle to commence the action and Jrue sprinted directly down the middle of the floor. He received the ball, had a wide open layup and hit it as Taj Gibson fouled him.

What made this even greater was that the play came against one of the best defensive coaches in the league. New Orleans then chased Mike Dunleavy as he missed a three. Anderson grabbed the rebound and that was it.


  • Before I get into the individual awards lets review what happened to send it to OT. Jrue Holiday hit an elbow jump-shot in the 4th quarter, exactly where he missed one a possession ago. Then in OT things looked to be over, but Deng missed a jump-shot and Holiday found a streaking Eric Gordon who hit a three. It was incredible.
  • Ryan Anderson was the man-of-the-match (rugby term). He was doing all he could to keep New Orleans in the game and looked like a mesh of Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki. With Anthony Davis out it continues to make no sense why the Pelicans would trade Anderson, especially on such a brilliant contract. He played 57 minutes tonight and deserves all the rest he can get.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu played a superb game. About mid-way through the 3rd Monty Williams realized that Tyreke Evans couldn’t contain Luol Deng. Aminu subbed in and then limited (as best he could) Deng the rest of the way. In fact, in the second overtime Aminu got the Pelicans first 7 points (hits a three, a layup and then a dunk). He finished with 14 points (11 shots), 9 rebounds and 3 steals.
  • Eric Gordon battled hard in this one. He wasn’t hitting his shot with any consistency, but it didn’t deter him from taking big shots and hitting them. He played great defense when he needed to and looked like a closer the team needs. He had 23 points on 23 shots, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
  • The team as a whole deserves so much credit to battle through an enormous amount of adversity. Calls didn’t go their way, but they just wouldn’t give up. On a back-to-back it’s even more astounding they were able to pull out the win. Regardless of what the result was this team fought till the very end.
  • The Pelicans finish the road-trip 3-0 which is highly impressive considering Anthony Davis was not present for half the time. Stay tuned at BourbonStreetShots for news on Anthony Davis’ injury. Still no word on how long he’s out for.


  • The referees did everything they could to keep the Bulls in the game. A suspect offensive foul was followed up later with an out-of-bounds call which should have been Pelicans ball. Luol Deng hit the ball out of bounds with his left hand, but the refs refused to give the ball to the Pels. The reason this was so maddening was that minutes ago the refs over-turned an out of bounds call in the Bulls favour which was pretty much the exact same thing.
  • Lou Amundson is just not the answer as the back-up 5. His rebounding is awful, he constantly fouls and he’s a lamp-post on defense. I understand giving time to veterans, but rather than bring in Tyreke Evans when Jason Smith fouled out, Williams’ first instinct is to go with Amundson. Very head-scratching how he continues to get time.
  • Jason Smith started off very well on the rebounds in this game, however that changed drastically towards the end. This is likely due to fatigue so it’s not that upsetting, but it really can be in the heat of the moment.

My Twitter Timeline

I figured I’d include my timeline from around the end of the fourth Q till the end of the game. It’s pretty funny to look back at how palpitating the game was.

















17 responses to “New Orleans Pelicans Win a Marathon in Triple Overtime Against the Bulls”

  1. Haha, your twitter recap was basically what I was going through just watching the box score. IT sucks that the game wasn’t on TV because of the Saints.

  2. Jason Quigley Yeah it is a shame. Hopefully Fox Sports NOLA will replay it (from the Chicago feed). Joel Meyers was saying how upset he was they couldn’t cover the game.

  3. The refs were literally trying to give this game away, it was fairly upsetting. I did not appreciate that. We won but damn.

  4. Such a solid win for our Bayou Birds.  Lets get a nice crowd in the Arena on Wednesday night and make it 4 in a row.

  5. Joakim Noah is a human moving screen violation on every single pick and roll. That is all. Blarg.

  6. I know things weren’t going our way, but I really felt there was no way we could lose when we opened the 2nd OT with Aminu draining a 3.  I was relaxed the rest of the game…  Ha!

  7. To me this is a statement game by the Pelicans.  This was the hardest back-to-back in the league, both games on the road.  They had just lost Davis, and this group had never played with him not being available, and the refs were making surprising late game calls against the visitors.  No one involved with the team gave up; they all played/coached hard throughout.  
    To me the statement was: we have figured out more about the best way to maximize the play of this group of players than anyone else realized, and we are going to play hard every night.  And if that is the message of this game, this is an important moment in the team’s development.

  8. Thanks Pelicans.  You improved a bad Monday night.  It was fun to watch the local twitter feeds shift from how poorly the Saints were playing to the Pels.  Brian “The Brain” Roberts won the +/- competition again, in a bad way.  If you can’t get PT in a triple overtime game with the way Roberts has been playing then Rivers really has no role on this team.  I understand Austin’s frustration. 
    Ryan Anderson is awesome.  I will continue to hate his spin fade away in the dumb zone, but I’m getting more comfortable with it.  It sure seems to go in more than a Tyreke Evans set shot or a iso-Gordon dribble-dribble-dribble through legs-almost turn it over-dribble-step back jumper.  The Evans fast break kick out to Anderson for 3 in OT was beautiful. 
    It’s time to have Anderson as your starting 4 and AD at 5 (once healthy).

  9. What a game.  It was such a physical, grinding game; the type of game that the Bulls are supposed to win.  I was blown away by how many tough, scrappy rebounds the Pelicans got and how many loose balls they came up with.  I was particularly impressed at how they clawed for rebounds against Noah, Gibson, and Deng throughout overtime, even though they were clearly tired (Jason Smith appeared especially slow and tired, but he kept battling).
    Gordon lived up to his money man billing, and for the second night in a row, Aminu comes in and regulates.  It looked like they actually drew up that corner three play especially for Aminu.
    I’ve said it from the start, and I’ll say it again:  I LOVE the Holiday trade.  I’m still amazed at how some people in the media still question the move.  I’ll take this guy over a teenager that has a half season of college under his belt and a busted knee 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.  Holiday has been everything that we hoped he would be, especially with his great on ball defense.  I also loved how every time the camera would cut to him after he hit a big shot, he’d be laughing and smiling at his teammates.
    And finally. . . I was glad to see that the refs’ industrial sized bottle of Astroglide finally ran out, because they were stroking the Bulls HARD in this game.  The game shouldn’t have even gone to a first overtime, because the inbounds violation on Aminu call was BULLS#@T!!  Unfortunately, that call paled in comparison to the offensive foul on Anderson, and that last replay showed the ball going out of bounds on Deng’s knee.  The players were exhausted at the end of that game, but I’m sure the referees probably also have extremely sore wrists from servicing the Bulls for so many minutes.  F@#KING RIDICULOUS.

  10. Props to Monty for drawing up that last offensive play that led to the Holiday layup in 3OT.  We bash him every time he does something questionable, so he deserves praise when he does something good.  Also, props to the team for battling.  This team is developing a real fighting spirit – the last 2 seasons we would have lost the Knicks game and the Bulls game because we couldn’t take a punch.  We’re learning to take a punch and come back with a harder one.

  11. What a win! The referee try to give the game away to the bulls but the pelicans hung in there. Aminu was super defense, rebounding, and scoing, people do not realize he can do. He can shoot the three pointers. Anderson was fantastic, he should stay in the starting line-up with Davis and Amiu they all physical on defense and can rotate as forwards and center. We know Gorden, Holiday, and Evans can score, but they are starting to play good defense. Jason Smith play a great game and we can play him off the bench. I glad Monty did not give up on the Cheif Aminu! Playoff Keep it going Pels. Stay positive the shy the limit!

  12. Maybe we aren’t being built after the Spurs, Maybe its the 2010-2011Championship Season Mavs…. AD better all around Tyson Chandler, Slightly lesser Dirk- Ryan Anderson, Larger ball moving all around point Jason Kidd-Jrue Holiday(advantage us), Defensive stopper/rebounder Marion-Aminu (Huge advantage them) Backup point guard who can light up points but is terrible on defense  Barea-Roberts give (Barea advantage), Jason terry- Gordon (push terry better shooter/trash talker worse finisher/defender) our Deshawn Stevenson/Brewer hybrid Tyreke, our Bryan Cardinal(the custodian)/Brendan haywood hybrid Jason Smith, and the always defensively miss matched three point specialist Peja Stojakovic(3/4) to our Anthony Morrow(2/3).
    Maybe its me, but this could be used as an argument to start Ryan Anderson and AD when he gets back, Tyson Chandler isn’t exactly the biggest/heaviest Center either.

  13. Classic, your twitter feed is almost identical to a bunch of e-mails I was sending one of my buddies from about the 9 minute mark in the 4th Q.

  14. Singular Monty said after the game that was not his call (The Holiday layup) That Jrue just made it out by himself….at least that is what i read

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