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The Chicago Bulls Finally they got a chance to catch their breath.

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But it didn’t help.

The Bulls, who played four straight sets in their first 12 games, got their first three-day break of the season with a 115-111 loss at home to New Orleans Pelicans In November. 9.

But instead of looking refreshed, he looked tired in a 126-103 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, the team’s fourth defeat in five games.

Chicago is hoping the next two days off after that game will be more rewarding as they visit New Orleans for a rematch Wednesday night.

“We should have been a very modern basketball team (against the Nuggets),” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “It was a really disappointing start.”

Chicago scored six turnovers and trailed as much as 15 points in the first quarter. Leading scorer DeMar DeRozan did not attempt a shot until the middle of the second quarter.

Never getting ahead in the game, the Bulls allowed 60.0 percent shooting (including 13 of 27 on three-pointers) and turned the ball over 18 times.

“They were playing harder than us. That can’t happen,” said Zach LaVine, who led Chicago with 21 points. “We didn’t do well in attack. We couldn’t stop them in defense. And that’s the result you get.

“This is on all of us collectively. You can’t have a show like that at home. It’s upsetting. It’s unacceptable to all of us, 1 to 15, the coaching staff, everyone. We’re starting to get out there.”

The Bulls came up short but were more competitive in the first game against the Pelicans, which featured 14 lead changes and nine ties.

Brandon Ingram scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and New Orleans won despite hitting 3 of 19 3-pointers.

The Pelicans hit a much better 3-pointer in a 113-102 home win against Memphis on Tuesday night.

They made a season-high 18 three-pointers on 38 attempts and had six goals in double figures despite leading scorer Zion Williamson being sidelined with a bruised foot.

“We got to the paint, kicked the ball out and had three shots tonight,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “That was huge for us.”

CJ McCollum emerged from a shooting slump to score a team-high 30 points, making 11 of 23 field goal attempts, including 7 of 13 from behind the 3-point line. He also had nine assists.

“We moved the ball really well,” McCollum said. “I tried to make sure I was passing early in the game. Especially in the first quarter, my easy early passes hit the pocket, I tried to get the ball into the paint, get it to the weak side, find the guys, and hopefully get contagious.

“I thought we pushed the ball well in the transition. I thought we did a good job of not hesitating, a lot of times guys refuse a hat-trick, they try to cut in, and it just spoils the spaces between us. You just have to take what is there and I think tonight, we took what was there. I think the guys took advantage and never second-guessed themselves.”

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