NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago
(Friday, February 24th)
Final Score: Detroit 95, Chicago 87
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced attack for the Detroit Pistons in a 95-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Antonio McDyess had 16 points and Maurice Evans added 15 points for the Pistons, who have won their last four games.
Rip Hamilton had 14 points and Tayshaun Prince added 13 points and seven rebounds in the win for Detroit, which has won four straight against Chicago. Also, the team has been victorious in 12 consecutive contests in the Windy City. The last time they lost in Chicago was on January 22, 2000.
Ben Gordon had 24 points and Andres Nocioni added 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Bulls, who had a small two-game winning streak stopped.
Chicago trailed 72-70 going into the final 12 minutes. They kept it close throughout the first five minutes of the and trailed 80-78 after Gordon nailed a jump shot with 6:47 to play.
On Detroit's next possession, Ben Wallace put in a layup to give his squad the four-point lead back, but Hamilton was ejected from the game for a flagrant elbow against Kirk Hinrich, his second technical of the game, and Gordon connected on the free shot to make it a three-point game once again.
After a Prince three-point play, Darius Songaila hit a jumper. But, Rasheed Wallace drained a nice turnaround jumper to make it a 87-81 game with 4:51 left.
Chicago did not roll over, though, and Hinrich and Songaila connected on back- to-back jumpers to get back to within two, 87-85, with 2:39 to play.
However, the Bulls did not get another basket until there was seven seconds left in the game and the Pistons left the building with the victory.
"Going into this game we needed the bench to give us both good minutes and good production, which they did,"said Detroit coach Flip Saunders. "Chicago plays physical, they play hard. But to our credit, we can play that way."
The Bulls had the lead early in the first quarter, but the Pistons closed it out with a 13-3 run and held a 25-18 lead going into the second stanza.
Malik Allen drained a three-pointer to start out the second quarter for Chicago. But, Detroit countered with a 13-4 run and eventually took a 50-39 lead into the locker room.
The Bulls started out the second half with a 15-4 spurt and tied the game up at 54-54 after Hinrich connected on two from the charity stripe with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
However, the Pistons only allowed the Bulls a brief one-point lead and had a slim 72-70 lead going into the final 12 minutes.
"I thought we were competitive in the second half, not so much in the first half," said Chicago coach Scott Skiles. "We got back into the game and then short circuited a little bit with offensive fouls. We battled to the end, we just couldn't make plays."
The Bulls travel to Philadelphia for a game on Saturday...Detroit returns home for the first game of a home-and-home on Sunday versus Cleveland...Hinrich finished with 13 points and six rebounds...Chicago made 42 percent of its shots, but committed 17 turnovers...The Pistons connected on 41 percent of their shots, but only had seven turnovers in the game...Ben Wallace finished with 10 points and nine rebounds...Songaila had 10 points and six rebounds in the game.
02/25 00:16:24 ET