Rapid Reaction: Bulls 106, Pistons 98
April, 11, 2014
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Bulls’ 106-98 win over the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on Friday.
How it happened: The Bulls erased an 18-point halftime lead to rally for the win. The Bulls trimmed the Pistons’ lead down to eight after the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter on a 20-3 run to get their first lead since being up 2-0 to start the game. The Bulls outscored the Pistons 36-18 in the fourth quarter. Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson combined for 46 points for the Bulls in the second half. D.J. Augustin led with the Bulls with 24 points. The Bulls had five players in double figures. Pistons center Andre Drummond had 26 points and 26 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey had 22 points for the Pistons.
What it means: The Bulls overtook the Toronto Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls improved to 47-32. The Raptors fell to 46-33 with a 108-100 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday. The Bulls also clinched home-court advantage for the first round.
Hits: Bulls center Joakim Noah became the ninth player in NBA history to record 400 assists and 100 blocks in a season Friday. Noah had 6 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks in the win.
Misses: Drummond outrebounded the Bulls 19-17 in the first half.
Stat of the game: The Bulls were 21-of-23 at the free throw line, while the Pistons were 13-of-23.
What’s next: The Bulls will travel to play the Knicks on Sunday and return home to face the Orlando Magic on Monday.