LaVine-inspired Bulls stop Pelicans' run

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Zach LaVine scored a season-high 46 points, hitting nine of Chicago's franchise-record 25 3-pointers, as the Bulls beat the New Orleans Pelicans 129-116 on Wednesday.

Coby White made eight 3s and scored 30 points in an impressive show by Chicago's starting backcourt.

Led by LaVine and White, the Bulls went 25 for 47 from beyond the arc and shot 59 per cent (48 for 81) overall.

New Orleans had won four in a row, including a 130-101 victory over Houston on Tuesday night, but the Pelicans looked a little tired in the second half of the opening match of a four-game trip.

Zion Williamson had 29 points for New Orleans, and Brandon Ingram finished with 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Lonzo Ball scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half.

New Orleans led 74-66 at the break despite Chicago setting a franchise record with 14 3s in the first half, but the Bulls rolled right past the Pelicans with a big third quarter.

White connected from long range and Daniel Gafford had a driving dunk with 7:03 left, capping a 19-2 run for Chicago. White hit another 3 with 15.3 seconds remaining in the third, lifting the Bulls to a 106-88 lead.

In Washington, the visiting Toronto Raptors recorded a 137-115 win over the Wiazards after leading throughout.

Boomer Aron Baynes played 21 minutes for his eight points, four rebounds and four assists but it was Norman Powell (28 points) and Pascal Slakam (26) points who took it to the hosts.

Luka Doncic had 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-117, a week after ending a six-game losing streak in Atlanta.

The Mavericks kept the ball out of Trae Young's hands on an inbound play with 4.7 seconds remaining, with Danilo Gallinari's jumper just before the buzzer short.

Kyrie Irving had 35 points and eight assists for the Brooklyn Nets who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-94 win over the Indiana Pacers.

In other matches, Minnesota Timberwolves lost 119-112 to the Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies beat Charlotte Hornets 130-114, the Denver Nuggets defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 133-95, Los Angeles edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-113 in overtime and the Phoenix Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-124.