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Bulls aim to stay on track vs. Pelicans

Dec 27, 2014 - 3:57 PM ( - The Chicago Bulls have the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference at five games and will try to stay on track Saturday versus the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center.

The Bulls made it five wins in a row with a 113-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas and were led by former Laker Pau Gasol, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

"It was weird, difficult at first to get going," Gasol said of playing against the Lakers. "Once you start playing, you're just playing the best game you can."

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the Bulls, who shot 48.8 percent and had a 57-39 rebounding advantage. Joakim Noah ended with four points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, winners in eight of the last nine games.

The Central-leading Bulls are unbeaten in the past five home games and have a 7-5 record at the United Center.

New Orleans enters the Windy City having won four of its last six games, and recorded a 97-90 victory versus the San Antonio Spurs Friday night.

Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson scored 22 points apiece, with Davis pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking five shots. Jrue Holiday scored 15 points for the Pelicans, who made just 41.7 percent and made up for it by scoring 20 points off 17 San Antonio turnovers.

"We have a lot of respect for that entire organization in San Antonio," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said. "We've got to value this and try to build on it (at Chicago) tomorrow."

The Pelicans are 6-10 on the road and will host Chicago Feb. 7. They defeated the Bulls twice last season, including a triple-overtime thriller on Dec. 2 at the United Center.