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               === Deng leads Bulls over Pistons to stop skid ===
 
 Auburn  Hills,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Luol  Deng poured in a season-high 27
 points  and  the Chicago  Bulls got  back on track  with a  99-79 win over the
 Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
 
 Taj  Gibson  put up 23 points  on 11-of-13 shooting  off the bench to help the
 Bulls  snap a  four-game skid  and record  their first  victory since  Derrick
 Rose's  latest season-ending  knee  injury. Deng  finished  11-of-17 from  the
 field,  while Kirk  Hinrich had 13 points and seven assists starting in Rose's
 place.
 
 "Luol  was  just off  the  charts  the whole  game,"  Chicago  head coach  Tom
 Thibodeau said. "He's a great offensive player and a great defensive player."
 
 Hinrich  added  three steals to  head up a  stout defensive effort by Chicago,
 which limited the Pistons to a paltry 26 points and a 27.8 shooting percentage
 after halftime.
 
 Detroit  suffered its  19th loss  in  its last  20 encounters  with the  Bulls
 despite  a 25-point  effort from Rodney Stuckey. Josh Smith and Andre Drummond
 both  posted  double-doubles in defeat, with  Smith recording 13 points and 11
 rebounds and Drummond 10 points and 11 boards.
 
 Chicago  trailed  53-51 at the  half, but dominated  the final two quarters en
 route  to its  first positive result on  a six-game road swing that began with
 four consecutive setbacks.
 
 Strong  defense  keyed the  surge, as  the Bulls  induced eight Detroit third-
 quarter turnovers that were converted into 10 points.
 
 Joakim  Noah  put Chicago ahead  to stay with a  tie-breaking layup off a Deng
 feed  with 7:49 to go in the frame, igniting an 8-0 run. He also finished with
 an inside bucket that gave the Bulls a 65-57 lead.
 
 The  Pistons closed  within 76-72 on a  pair of Stuckey free throws with 10:34
 remaining  in  the game, but made  just three field  goals the rest of the way
 as Chicago distanced itself.
 
 A  21-2 sequence  in which  Gibson and  Noah each  netted six  points put  the
 contest  out  of reach, with  the margin swelling  to 99-75 entering the final
 minute following the huge run.
 
 "They  obviously  were a lot better  in the second  half than they were in the
 first half," Detroit head coach Maurice Cheeks said of the Bulls. "We couldn't
 score the ball and a lot of it had to do with their defense."
 
 Neither team led by more than six points during a tightly contested first half
 in which both clubs shot better than 52 percent from the floor.
 
 Brandon  Jennings dropped in 10 of his 12 points during the opening quarter as
 Detroit  built a slim 29-25 edge at period's end, but Chicago went ahead early
 in  the  second on the strength  of an 13-3  run. Gibson accounted for nine of
 those  points,  capped by a layup  and free throw  that put the Bulls up 38-33
 five minutes into the session.
 
 Detroit countered with a 14-4 push to regain the lead at 47-42, though Chicago
 later  drew  even on  a Hinrich  3 in the  closing seconds  of the half before
 Stuckey's layup just prior to the buzzer sent the Pistons into the locker room
 with a 53-51 advantage.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Bulls finished  with  a 53.2  shooting percentage  after  averaging a  39
 percent  success rate  from the floor during their four-game slide ... Detroit
 went  just 2-of-12 from 3-point range and 9-of-19 from the foul line ... Bulls
 rookie Tony Snell scored a career-high 13 points while hitting 3-of-5 attempts
 from  beyond the arc  ... Smith's double-double was his first as a Piston. The
 former Hawk had 29 of them with Atlanta last season.
 
 
 
 11/27 23:45:40 ET

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