Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
Game 2: Sunday, December 26th
Game 3: Monday, January 10th
Game 4: Friday, April 1st

Pistons 91

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Bulls 101

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    8:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 24 39 19 991
    CHI 21 23 23 34101

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Stuckey 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chicago: D. Rose 39 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Derrick Rose has 39 and Bulls rally to beat Pistons

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- Fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" for Derrick Rose on Saturday night, and it probably won't be the last time he hears it.

    Rose matched a career high with 39 points, helping the Chicago Bulls stage a big rally in a 101-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

    "I'm just taking the shots that they gave me," said Rose, who was 13-of-27 from the field. "They're giving me wide open shots. I'm going to take them. They're giving me wide open lanes, I'm going to drive it. My teammates gave me the confidence to do that."

    Chicago trailed by 21 early in the third quarter and was still down 86-73 about three minutes into the fourth when it went on a 19-2 run to pull out a dramatic win in the home opener. Rose led the way, scoring eight in the final period, but he had help.

    Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Taj Gibson scored 11. James Johnson wound up with eight points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls delivered in the end to give new coach Tom Thibodeau his first win after coming up short down the stretch in the opener against Oklahoma City.

    "It was great and there were a lot of guys who did something that were helpful," Thibodeau said.

    Chicago overcame a spectacular first half by former Bulls star Ben Gordon, who scored all of his 21 points before intermission, and held the Pistons to 4-of-21 shooting in the fourth while burying 11 of 17 attempts on the other end.

    Detroit dropped to 0-3 for the first time since it lost the first four games of the 1999-2000 season.

    "I felt we just didn't make the right adjustments as a team, and Derrick Rose was really hot," Gordon said. "It seemed like he could do whatever he wanted to."

    The Bulls are aiming higher after back-to-back first-round playoff exits and underwent a major offseason overhaul, bringing in Thibodeau and revising their roster. They won't be at full strength for a while, though.

    Carlos Boozer, their big addition, broke a bone in his right hand in a fall at home and is expected to miss the first month. And things weren't looking good for the Bulls for much of the night.

    The Pistons carried an 82-67 lead into the fourth after Charlie Villanueva's buzzer-beating 3-pointer and were still ahead by 13 before C.J. Watson hit a jumper to start the decisive run.

    Johnson nailed a 3 to tie it at 86 with five minutes left, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. A basket by Richard Hamilton briefly put the Pistons back on top, but the Bulls weren't finished.

    Gibson hit a fadeaway to tie it again. Noah gave Chicago its first lead since the first quarter when he tipped in Rose's missed drive with 2:37 left, and Rose added two free throws to make it 92-88 20 seconds later.

    A free throw by Rodney Stuckey made it a three-point game, but thunderous dunks by Gibson and Johnson along with a jumper by Rose with 42 seconds left increased Chicago's advantage to 98-89, sealing a dramatic win.

    Gordon, who scored 32 the previous night against Oklahoma City, missed all five of his shots in the second half after going 5-for-5 from the field and 10-for-10 at the foul line in the first.

    He spent much of the opening quarter in a T-shirt icing his left shoulder. He entered to loud boos when he checked in with just over two minutes left in the period, then spent the rest of the half drawing groans from the crowd as he tried to bury his former team.

    Detroit led by as much as 20 in the second quarter and was up 63-44 at the break thanks to Gordon. Then, it slipped away.

    "This one was just unbelievable," Villanueva said.

    Game notes

    Pistons G Will Bynum sat out his second game in as many nights because of a hamstring injury. Bynum injured his right hamstring during the preseason and aggravated it Wednesday night a season-opening loss to New Jersey. ... Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen got a loud reception and waved to the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 101
    FGM-FGA 31-82 (.378) 37-86 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 5-18 (.278)
    FTM-FTA 24-35 (.686) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-44 14-51
    Assists 14 17
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 7 10
    Fast Break Points 15 26
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 21 10

    Top Performers

    Rodney Stuckey Stuckey
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Derrick Rose Rose
    Points: 39
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2