West News Wire: New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time this month with 123-104 on Monday.

Pelicans’ center Jonas Valanciunas scored an impressive 29 points as he hit seven 3-pointers without a miss in the first half.

Lithuanian finished with a career-high 39 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists while his teammate Brandon Ingram contributed with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Paul George’s 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists were not enough for Clips to come out on top.

Pelicans are at the 14th spot in Western Conference with 6 wins 14 loses while LA Clippers is placed 5th with 11 wins and 10 loses.

Bulls beat Hornets scoring 133 points

Chicago Bulls defeated Charlotte Hornets 133-119 at United Center, Chicago on Monday.

Three Bulls players passed 25 points mark as Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine scored 30, 28 and 25 points respectively.

Terry Rozier rallied the Hornets with 31 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds but his effort was not enough for his team to win.

Bulls are at the second spot of Eastern Conference table with 14 wins and 8 loses while Hornets stand at 6th spot with 13 wins and 10 loses.

Bucks set to sign DeMarcus Cousins

The Milwaukee Bucks set to sign four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins, 31, will sign a non-guaranteed deal with the defending NBA champions.

Teams must guarantee contracts for the balance of the season by Jan. 7.

The four-time All-Star (in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) Cousins has averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds through his NBA career.

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Monday Results

Clippers-Pelicans: 104-123

Jazz-Trail Blazers: 129-107

Wizards-Spurs: 99-116

Cavaliers-Mavericks: 114-96

Pacers-Timberwolves: 98-100

Thunder-Rockets: 89-102

Hornets-Bulls: 119-133

Nuggets-Heat: 120-111

Magic-76ers: 96-101


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