Bulls Destroy Pistons
The Bulls (26-11) take on the Detroit Piston (9-30) at the UC in a rearranged fixture. Bulls come in having suffered defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks last time out, whereas the Pistons come in on the second night of a back to back having beat the Jazz last night. Bulls beat them twice early on this season, but will face Cade Cunningham for the 1st time tonight.
1st Quarter - Bulls get the 1st bucket, but then struggle to get rebounds and go down 6 early on. Enter Ayo Dosunmu and it turns to their favor. He comes in with great defense, then drops a 3 (Ayo Dos Tres) and the Bulls took the lead from there. After another tough period from the Bulls they lose the lead again but not for long. Troy Brown Jr helps out from the bench with 3 steals and the Bulls go back up and the first finishes Pistons 27-28 Bulls.
DeRozan: 9 pts on 3-5 FGs
Dosunmu: 8 pts on 3-5 FGs in 9 minutes off bench
LaVine 0pts 0/3 FGS
2nd Quarter - Bulls getting in foul trouble early on and with 9:40 left, they had 4 fouls already. However, they manage to gain a bit of control and lead big most of the quarter. At the end of the half the Bulls lead the Pistons 61-52. Bulls shooting 53.7% with 17 assists.
DeRozan: 14 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts
Dosunmu: 10 pts on 4-6 FGs
LaVine: 8 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts
Pistons have 10 turnovers shooting 43.2%
Stewart 11 pts
Jackson 11pts (off the bench)
Cunningham 6 pts
3rd Quarter - Bulls will want to see this game out early, can they do it? They start the 3rd with a 17-0 run that sees the Pistons 1st points coming with 7:35 left. The run included back to back 3's from Derrick Jones Jr. and it ends with the Bulls having a comfortable lead at 97-66.
Vucevic 16 pts in the quarter (Pistons had 14) 22pts on the night
Ball 13 pts
LaVine 10 pts
Stewart 11 pts
4th Quarter - Expected the starters to rest a little in this quarter and they do. Bench emptied early by Donovan and they still control the game with the help of back to back 3s from McKinnie with 6 minutes to go. Bulls win to go 27-11 on the season thus far with a final score of 133-87. Bulls tie season-high for points and 3PM (18)
Vucevic 22 pts, 8 rebs, 4 assists
DeRozan 20 pts, 12 rebs, 7 assists
Ball 18 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists
LaVine 10 pts, 9 rebs, 7 assists
White 13 pts
Jackson 16 pts
Bey 14 pts
A difficult 1st period for the Bulls but they turned it around and dominated, especially in the 3rd. Bulls recorded their biggest deficit win of the season (46) over the Pistons. It was a quiet game from LaVine but others certainly stepped up in his place. This could have quite easily been a trap game for the Bulls, but they managed to turn it into a blowout. Bulls dominated so much that Matt Thomas got into double figures in the 4th quarter. The W is important with the Nets losing last night and the Bulls facing them tomorrow.
-Matt H (Twitter:@matthearn1)