NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: Chicago 97, Detroit 93
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyrus Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, leading the Chicago Bulls to their first win of the season, 97-93, over the previously unbeaten Detroit Pistons.
The win for the Bulls came despite a red-hot Rasheed Wallace, who poured in 36 points on 12-of-24 shooting, including 3-of-7 three-pointers, for the Pistons, who had won their first three games of the season.
Luol Deng scored 17 points for the Bulls, who stemmed a four-game skid to start the season, and Ben Gordon scored 16 points for the Bulls, who won in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, which the Pistons won in six games.
"It was definitely a burden," said Gordon of the Bulls' season-opening skid. "Hopefully getting a win against a good team like Detroit will give us some confidence."
Richard Hamilton scored 18 points for the Pistons, and Chauncey Billups added 14 points.
The Bulls led by as much as 12 points in the third quarter, but the Pistons came storming back and had a chance to win at the end.
Chicago went cold late in the fourth quarter, not making a shot from the field after Deng's jumper put the Bulls up 94-89 with 4:10 remaining. Wallace answered with a fadeaway jumper 20 seconds later and, after both teams missed chances, Hamilton sank a running jumper with 1:35 left to cut the Chicago lead to 94-93.
The Pistons had two possessions down one with a chance to go on top, but a Billups turnover and a Wallace miss preserved the Bulls lead. Gordon had a chance to make it a three-point game at the line with 27.4 seconds left, but missed one-of-two free throws, putting Chicago up 95-93.
Another Wallace miss gave the Bulls another chance to ice the game, but this time Joe Smith missed one-of-two from the line, and the Pistons still had a chance, down three with 13.3 seconds left.
Hamilton got an open look at a three from the wing, but rimmed out short, and Thomas made one-of-two free throws at the other end to make it a four-point game with 2.9 ticks left.
"This was a hard one to lose," said Wallace. "The good thing about this league is we have another one tomorrow."
The Bulls held a 29-23 lead after one quarter of play, and 51-45 at the half. They expanded their lead to 61-49 early in the third quarter, but Detroit came roaring back, taking a one-point lead late in the quarter. Chicago rebounded, though, and took a 78-75 lead into the fourth.
Hamilton earned a technical foul in the third quarter for grabbing Thomas' right ankle and tripping him up after Thomas had rejected a Hamilton shot... The Pistons had won 15 of the last 20 regular-season meetings...The Bulls only attempted eight three-pointers, making just one.
11/09 00:02:01 ET