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 HALF


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.


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

Pistons

  • Stewart 10pts

  • Cunningham 6pts


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.



HALFTIME STATS


Bulls

  • DeRozan: 14 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts

  • Dosunmu: 10 pts on 4-6 FGs

  • LaVine: 8 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts

Pistons

  • Pistons have 10 turnovers shooting 43.2%

  • Stewart 11 pts

  • Jackson 11pts (off the bench)

  • Cunningham 6 pts







2ND HALF


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.


Bulls

  • Vucevic 16 pts in the quarter (Pistons had 14) 22pts on the night

  • DeRozan 18pts

  • Ball 13 pts

  • LaVine 10 pts

Pistons

  • Jackson 16pts

  • 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)


POSTGAME STATS


Bulls

  • 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

Pistons

  • Jackson 16 pts

  • Bey 14 pts


Final Takeaway

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)

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