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Auburn  Hills,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) -  D.J. Augustin  had 26 points and six 
assists  off  the bench and  Joakim Noah added  a triple-double as the Chicago 
Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night. 

Noah  tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Chicago, which has won 
10  of its last 12 games. It was Noah's second triple-double in the last three 
games. 

"We  need it. He's a leader," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "The thing about 
him is he can beat you a lot of different ways." 

Taj  Gibson provided  22 points  off  the bench and Jimmy  Butler supplied  18 
points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the victory. 

Greg  Monroe  registered 27  points, seven  rebounds and  five assists for the 
Pistons, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games. 

The Bulls  led 71-70 after  three and quickly  built their margin into double 
figures following an 11-2 spurt to begin the fourth. Augustin netted the first 
seven  points  of the surge,  which was  capped by a  Butler dunk for an 82-72 
cushion. 

Chicago's margin peaked at 15 on the way to the easy win. 

"They're  a  great defensive team,"  said Pistons center Andre Drummond. "They 
out-executed us in the fourth quarter." 

Earlier, Detroit concluded the first quarter on an 8-3 flurry and took a 25-19 
cushion into the second. 

The Bulls, though,  outscored the Pistons 33-22 in the second and headed into 
the break with a 52-47 advantage. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  shot  53.8 percent  (43-of-80) from  the floor  and 82.4 percent (14- 
of-17)  from the  foul line ... Josh  Smith had 15 points, nine rebounds, five 
assists and six blocks for Detroit. 

 
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