Without their best player, Anthony Davis, available, the New Orleans Pelicans came to the United Center on Monday night seeking to close out their three-game road trip unbeaten.

But they had no idea they would have to endure a marathon -- a triple overtime thriller -- before celebrating a tough 131-128 victory against the Chicago Bulls before a sellout crowd of 21,615 at the United Center.

It wasn’t decided until 4.5 seconds remained in the third overtime period. That's when Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday broke through an open lane for a layup and was fouled by Taj Gibson with 2.6 seconds remaining. Holiday’s layup and free throw put the Pelicans ahead by their margin of victory.

``I was surprised how open I was,'' Holiday said. ``Coach (Monty Williams) just called a good play. I don't think I have ever been that wide open with four seconds left.''

On their final possession, the Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy missed a desperation 3-point attempt as time expired.

The game took three hours and 16 minutes to complete. After Ryan Anderson saw the Bulls' final missed shot, he raised both hands. In the locker room, he looked exhausted after playing 56 minutes, but he definitely appeared happy.

After struggling to become a cohesive unit during the opening month of the season, the Pelicans are now 9-8 and surging with confidence after knocking off Philadelphia 76ers, Knicks and Bulls on their just completed road trip.

Before the Pelicans headed to play Philadelphia this past Friday, they had lost five of six games on the road.

``There's so much that goes into it,'' said Anderson, who made 12 of 20 shots from the field that included seven 3-pointers for a career-high 36 points.``You work so hard as a group. I played on teams where we're in games like this. Teams fold maybe if they see some type of pressure at the end of games. It just feels great the past two games. When we play the right way, we are really good.''