Bulls ground Pelicans despite 20-10 games from All-Star tandem Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Nikola Mirotic blows by former teammate Rajon Rondo. AP

CRISTIANO Felicio scored 15 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a strong performance from the New Orleans Pelicans' All-Star tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins to come out with a 113-109 win on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in NBA preseason action.

Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Cousins added 20 points and 10 boards.

BULLS: Nikola Mirotic and Justin Holiday each scored 14 points. ... Rookie Lauri Markkanen, whose rights Chicago acquired when they traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, didn't play because of back spasms. He is expected to miss the Bulls' first two preseason games. ... Denzel Valentine made four 3-pointers for his 12 points.

PELICANS: Rajon Rondo started against the team he played for last season and finished with five points, eight assists and four rebounds. ... Davis and Cousins each played about 33 minutes, Rondo 31 and Jrue Holiday almost 30. Dante Cunningham was the only starter below 20 minutes. ... Cunningham is starting in place of forward Solomon Hill, who is not expected back until February because of hamstring tear. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points.

UP NEXT: Chicago (1-0) visits Dallas on Wednesday. New Orleans (0-1) visits Oklahoma City on Friday.

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