Saturday, December 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Pistons 92, Bulls 75
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Detroit Pistons earned a 92-75 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Brandon Jennings had a big night for the Pistons in scoring 33 points and dishing out five assists. Taj Gibson, starting at the small forward spot in place of Luol Deng, scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for a Bulls squad that had a hard time scoring all night.
What it means: Expect more nights like this for the Bulls. Without Derrick Rose (knee), Jimmy Butler (toe) and Deng (Achilles, calf), Tom Thibodeau's team is going to have problems putting points on the board. There just aren't a lot of options for the Bulls, especially when Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich play as poorly as they did. With all the injuries the Bulls have sustained this season, Thibodeau's group must play solid defense and run crisp offensive sets in order to win games this year. They didn't do either of those things during large chunks of Saturday's contest.
Hits: Mike Dunleavy had a nice game off the bench, going off for 16 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Misses: Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Tony Snell and Hinrich combined to go 9-for-45 from the field.
Stats of the night: Detroit's win breaks a streak of 14 straight victories by the Bulls over the Pistons at the United Center. The Pistons outscored the Bulls 24-9 in the third quarter. The game was tied 47-47 at halftime.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night at the United Center.