Pelicans Slip Past Bulls, 125-120

(AP) Julius Randle scored 31 points, and New Orleans beat struggling Chicago 125-120 Wednesday with All-Star Anthony Davis watching from the bench.

Davis was healthy enough to return from a sprained left index finger that has sidelined him since Jan. 18. But the Pelicans opted to hold him out with Thursday's trade deadline approaching.

The six-time All-Star has made it known he wants out of New Orleans.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday says he hopes Anthony Davis stays the rest of the season. "We love having them now. Still a professional, still love having him around. Again, he's like a brother to all of us, so having him here would be a joy."

Randle scored 19 in a blistering fourth quarter and finished six points shy of his season high.

Holiday and Cheick Diallo each scored 18, and Chicago product Jahlil Okafor finished with 13 points.

Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 28, and Kris Dunn added 18 points and eight assists.

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