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Barry falls three boards shy of triple-double

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- It took Jon Barry 10 years to get the first double-double of his career, but he wanted to go for the
triple.

Barry scored 21 points and matched a career-high with 10
assists, leading the Detroit Pistons to an 101-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
But he finished with just seven rebounds.

"It would have been fun to get the triple-double, and I was lurking near the boards, but Ben (Wallace) and Cliff (Robinson) took a couple away from me," he said. "That's when I gave up. I was just glad to help the team win."

Barry moved into the starting lineup to replace Jerry Stackhouse, who sat out the game to rest a nagging shoulder sprain.

"Jon had to play a lot of minutes and he made some big plays for us," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "He hit 8-of-16 from the floor and he moved the ball pretty well."

Chicago dressed just nine players, with Charles Oakley (knee),
Eddie Robinson (groin) and Greg Anthony (hand) missing the trip.

"We knew this was going to be tough, but I didn't think we played very well," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "When we play good teams, it is tough, especially if we have to chase them from behind."

Reserve Corliss Williamson added 24 points for Detroit, while
Wallace had 14 rebounds and three blocks. The Pistons had a
season-best 32 assists on 39 field goals.

"We knew that with Jerry out, we were going to have to take
care of the ball and distribute it," Williamson said. "We've got
as many wins as we did all of last year, and that's a great
feeling. But we've got bigger goals to come."

Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 29 points.

"Being from Detroit, it is always good to come back home,"
Rose said. "I was a big-time Pistons fan and I rooted against the
Bulls for so long, but I'm a Bull now, and I have to try to do what
I can to turn this thing around."

Detroit has won six of its last seven, and remained a half-game
behind Milwaukee for first place in the Eastern Conference. Chicago
lost for just the second time in five games.

"I like that team, and I like the direction they appear to be
taking," Carlisle said. "Jalen is happy to be there. They have an
unbelievable future."

The Pistons scored the first nine points and led 55-48 at the half. Williamson led the scoring with 14 points.

Detroit missed five of six free throws early in the third
quarter, allowing Chicago to sneak within 60-56. The margin was
three later in the quarter, but Wallace scored two baskets and then
stole the ball from Dalibor Bagaric to set up Cliff Robinson's
3-pointer.

"Our big guys have to be aggressive and protect the paint,"
Cartwright said. "I don't care how they do it, you have to get the
job done. Against someone like Wallace, who is playing as well as
he is now, you have to get a body on him."

That helped the Pistons move the margin to 80-66 by quarter's
end. Detroit quickly increased the lead to 18 and coasted to the
victory.

Game notes
The Pistons have beaten the Bulls in 13 of their last 14
meetings. ... Rose, a Detroit native, had a large group of friends
and family in the crowd. ... Wallace was selected Eastern
Conference Player of the Week after his first-career triple-double
Sunday against Milwaukee. ... Barry's only other double-figure
assists came for Milwaukee against the Lakers on Nov. 4, 1994. He
didn't score 10 points in that game. ... Detroit went 9-3 in
February, their best month since going 10-3 in February in 1997.