NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Detroit 92, Chicago 79
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points to lead Detroit past Chicago, 92-79, at the United Center.
Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 11 assists while Tayshaun Prince also scored 17 points for the Pistons, who have won four straight games and improved the NBA's best record to 13-2.
Detroit has now beaten the Bulls in 20 of the last 23 meetings, and in addition, the Pistons have won 11 straight games in the Windy City.
Wallace also surpassed 10,000 points and 5,000 career rebounds in his career.
"I didn't even know it until someone told me," Wallace said about the milestone. "I'm not the type of cat who sits and goes, 'I got this or I got that.' There is a bigger picture to me than that."
Luol Deng had 18 points for the Bulls, who lost for only the second time in their last seven games. Mike Sweetney contributed 15 points and eight boards while Ben Gordon had 13 points off the bench in the loss.
"We just played terribly tonight," said Deng. "We took some terrible shots and we let our defensive lapses carry over to the offense."
With the game tied at halftime, Detroit blew the contest open in the third quarter, as the Pistons outscored Chicago 27-10 in the period.
Detroit started the frame with a 22-5 spurt to claim a 17-point lead. Wallace keyed the flurry by scoring eight points while Billups drilled a pair of three-pointers during the barrage, helping the Pistons grab a commanding 66-49 lead with around four minutes remaining in the quarter.
The margin grew to 18 points later in the stanza and Detroit eventually held a 71-54 advantage after 36 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulls never seriously threatened and did not get any closer than 10 points.
The Pistons benefited from hitting 52 percent of their three-point attempts (12-of-23) and also making 14-of-15 from the foul line. Detroit also held its opponent to only 39 percent shooting from the field (30-of-77).
In addition, Chicago plagued itself by making just 4-of-14 from behind the arc and 15-of-26 from the foul line (58 percent).
The Bulls led by as many as 12 points in the first period before eventually holding a 25-16 edge after one. Trailing by 15 in the second, the Pistons then fought back and Prince's basket late in the half sent the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 44-44.
"We're a veteran team and don't get flustered," said Detroit head coach Flip Saunders.
Richard Hamilton and Antonio McDyess both had 10 points for Detroit...The Pistons are 14-1 in their last 15 visits to Chicago...Detroit is 9-1 on the road while the Bulls fell to 4-2 at home this year.
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