EditorsNote: Fixes stats in 4th graf, tweaks 9th
Ish Smith made a finger roll with 5.4 seconds remaining, giving the Detroit Pistons a 118-116 victory over the host Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
The game-winner came after Chicago scored five unanswered points to tie it. Following a timeout, Smith weaved past defenders and dropped in his layup.
The Bulls’ Zach LaVine then had a 3-point attempt swatted by Blake Griffin, securing the Pistons’ victory.
Griffin finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and one block. Reggie Jackson supplied 18 points and six assists while Smith had 15 points and five assists off the bench. Reggie Bullock added 16 points while Stanley Johnson and Andre Drummond chipped in 10 apiece for Detroit.
LaVine led the Bulls with 33 points. Justin Holiday had 19 points, Cameron Payne tossed in 17 and Jabari Parker added 13 off the bench for Chicago. Point guard Kris Dunn missed the game for personal reasons.
Griffin and Jackson combined for 31 points in the first half as the Pistons led 60-58 at the break.
Payne scored eight points in the first four minutes of the second half as the Bulls took a four-point lead. Griffin had a pair of dunks and a putback late in the quarter, but Detroit only led by one, 85-84, entering the fourth.
Glenn Robinson III’s 3-point shot early in the fourth capped a 9-0 spurt and gave the Pistons a 94-88 advantage.
Griffin hit a 3 with just over five minutes left for a 103-97 lead. He reached the 30-point mark with a layup.
Payne found Parker for an open 3 from the left wing with 3:15 left, bringing the Bulls within one at 105-104. A Griffin kickout led to a Jackson 3 and a four-point Detroit lead.
Drummond’s tip-in with 2:17 remaining nudged the lead to six. When Drummond fouled out a minute later, Payne made two free throws to cut Detroit’s lead to two at 113-111.
Griffin answered with a 3. A couple of Holiday free throws and a LaVine 3 tied the score at 116-all with 24.6 seconds left.
—Field Level Media