Williamson scores 21, Pelicans hold off Bulls 125-119

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. | Source: AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh
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CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) - Zion Williamson scored 21, JJ Redick added 18 points and the New Orleans Pelicans hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls 125-119.

Williamson had nine points as New Orleans outscored Chicago 31-19 in the third quarter to break open the game.

The Pelicans led by as much as 27 and withstood a big run down the stretch by the Bulls' backups to come away with the win after back-to-back losses.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 22 points.

Chandler Hutchison scored 16 to go with eight rebounds, and Adam Mokoka added 15 points - all in the fourth quarter.

The rookie was even serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants in the closing minute as the Bulls whittled away the lead.

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