Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Augustin had 12 of his 24 points in the
fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls rallied past the Detroit Pistons, 106-98,
on Friday night.
Joakim Noah tallied six points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, Carlos Boozer
supplied 18 points and seven boards and Taj Gibson netted 11 of his 17 points
in the final frame for Chicago, which locked up home-court advantage in their
first round playoff series.
"With Augustin and Taj Gibson, it's like playing against seven starters.
Augustin finishes every game for them and Gibson is as active and athletic as
any power forward in the league," Pistons head coach John Loyer said.
The Bulls, who have won seven in a row, are one game ahead of Toronto for
third place in the Eastern Conference following the Raptors' loss to the
New York Knicks earlier on Friday.
"You have to win games differently. Obviously the rebounding and defense
wasn't there, but I thought the offense was," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau
Andre Drummond registered 26 points and 26 rebounds for the Pistons, who have
dropped four of their last six tilts. Rodney Stuckey added 22 points in
Chicago trailed by 18 at the break and 83-75 early in the fourth before
ripping off 15 straight to go in front. Augustin had eight points during the
surge, including six consecutive at one point before Butler finished a
backdoor layup to give the Bulls their first lead, 85-83, with 7:28 left since
it was 2-0.
Augustin capped the burst with a pair of free throws for a 90-83 Bulls
advantage midway through the frame. They held Detroit without a point for 4:30
during the swing.
Chicago, which outscored Detroit 36-18 in the final frame, pushed the lead up
to as many as 10 down the stretch.
Earlier, the Pistons raced out to a 14-5 start and led 28-17 after a quarter
of play before heading into the break with a 56-38 spread.
Stuckey's runner at the third-quarter buzzer gave Detroit an 80-70 lead.
The Bulls shot 49.4 percent (40-of-81) from the floor and sunk 21-of-23 foul
shots ... Drummond had 13 points in the fourth ... Detroit held a 56-44 points
in the paint advantage.