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                === Pistons, Bulls slug it out in Windy City ===
 (Sports  Network) - The  Chicago Bulls earned one of their biggest wins of the
 season  last time out and will try to build on that momentum when they welcome
 Central  Division  rivals, the  Detroit Pistons to  the United Center Saturday
 The  Bulls knocked  off the  two-time  defending champion  Miami Heat,  107-87
 Thursday  night at  home. That victory halted a two-game slide for Chicago and
 the  Heat victory  was the Bulls biggest  since Derrick Rose went down for the
 It  was a great all-around effort from the Bulls, who shot 50 percent from the
 field and held the Heat to 41 percent.
 Carlos  Boozer led the way for the Bulls with 27 points. Luol Deng contributed
 20  points, five rebounds and five assists, while Taj Gibson netted 19 off the
 bench and Kirk Hinrich added 13.
 Perhaps Chicago's best player on Thursday was Joakim Noah. The All-Star center
 had  17 points  and 15 rebounds, all  the while extolling the Bulls crowd with
 his enthusiasm.
 "If we played Miami 82 times a season, Jo would probably be the best player in
 the  league," said Deng.  "He loves playing against them. We all do. We get up
 for  them. He did a great job setting the tone. From this morning he was up on
 everyone  playing hard.  During the  game he  was reminding  everyone to  keep
 playing  hard and that's  what we need from him. And when he does that we feed
 off his energy. We need that."
 The  41 percent shooting  for the Heat was a season-low, which topped the mark
 of 43.9 percent the Pistons held Miami en route to victory on Tuesday.
 Detroit  has  won three in  a row, including two  straight on the road against
 Miami and Milwaukee. The Pistons knocked off the Bucks, 105-98 on Wednesday as
 they've  won  three in a row  away from home  and finish off a three-game road
 trip on Saturday.
 "It  feels  really good.  I think  we are playing  good basketball," said head
 coach  Maurice Cheeks. "We are getting a lot of good performances out of a lot
 of people."
 The Pistons starting frontline was dominant against Milwaukee. Andre Drummond,
 Greg  Monroe and Josh  Smith combined for 59 points and 42 rebounds, which was
 one less than the entire Bucks team managed on the glass.
 Brandon  Jennings had a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists and Rodney
 Stuckey continued his great play with 15 points in 25:06 off the bench.
 Jennings  returned to Milwaukee for the first time since going to Detroit in a
 sign-and-trade deal in the offseason.
 "I was real nervous. I mean, to be honest, I was real nervous in the beginning
 because  I'm not used to being on this side," admitted Jennings. "It was a lot
 of  emotions going on,  but once the second half started, I was able to settle
 down and just play basketball."
 The  Bulls beat the  Pistons in Chicago on Nov. 27, 99-79. The Pistons snapped
 an  18-game losing streak  to the Bulls last season, but the Bulls have won 14
 straight at home in this series.
 12/07 10:36:24 ET