After a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks just a day earlier, the Chicago Bulls returned home to regroup against the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls were still without Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli, Rip Hamilton and Derrick Rose, but didn’t need them against a young, lottery-bound Pistons team.
The Pistons (24-50) led for most of the game behind 18 and 10 from Greg Monroe and 25 points from Rodney Stuckey off the bench, but ultimately couldn’t withstand the Bulls (40-32) parade to the free throw line. They shot just 67.5 percent there, but attempted 40 free throws to the Pistons’ 22.
Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls, scoring 28 points and adding 9 rebounds. He went to the line 17 times, a career high, which compensated for his 7/18 shooting night. Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and had five steals, and Nate Robinson added 16 of his own off the bench. Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Daequan Cook also scored in double figures.
The Bulls get a night off before playing three games in four nights. They head first to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday before playing a back-to-back, starting in Brooklyn on Thursday and returning to Chicago on Friday.