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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Pistons 99, Bulls 85

By Chuck Pleiness



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Here’s a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons, 99-85, Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How it happened: The Bulls seemed like a tired bunch despite having the previous night off, unlike the Pistons, who lost in Minnesota on Saturday. Chicago got a game-high 21 points from Carlos Boozer while Nate Robinson tossed in 18. Detroit was deadly from behind the 3-point line, nailing 9-of-18 attempts, while Chicago was 3-for-15 from behind the arc.

What it means: With all eight playoff berths clinched in the Eastern Conference it’s all about seeding now for the Bulls, who had their two-game win streak snapped. With six games left in the regular season, they’re just a game ahead of sixth-seeded Atlanta and now two games behind Brooklyn for the fourth seed.

Hits: Joakim Noah, who returned to the Bulls’ lineup after an eight-game absence due to plantar fasciitis, was 4-for-4 shooting from the field in 21:25 of playing time. He was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line to finish with 13 points. Noah also grabbed seven rebounds, had three assists and blocked one shot.

Misses: Chicago had won 18 in a row against the Pistons before Sunday’s loss.

Stat of the night: As a team, the Bulls came into Sunday’s game shooting 77 percent from the free-throw line. Against the Pistons they were just 64 percent from the line.

What’s next: The Bulls return to action Tuesday at home against the Toronto Raptors.