EditorsNote: Changed Drummond’s rebounds to 24 in 4th graf
Zach LaVine scored 26 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 22, and the Chicago Bulls held on for a 112-106 win over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points for Chicago, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Pistons guard Derrick Rose came off the bench to score 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting in his return to Chicago, where he won a Most Valuable Player award during the 2010-11 season. Bulls fans gave Rose a standing ovation when he entered the game. They showered him with “M-V-P” chants.
Pistons center Andre Drummond had another monster performance in the paint with 25 points and 24 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Detroit trailed for much of the night, but a 3-pointer from the right corner by Pistons guard Langston Galloway evened the score at 96 with 6:14 to go in the fourth quarter.
Tony Snell put the Pistons on top 100-99 when he drove for a layup with 3:46 to play. It marked Detroit’s first lead of the second half.
Fourteen seconds later, LaVine drained a 3-pointer to put the Bulls back on top 102-100. After a defensive stop by Chicago, LaVine made another 3-pointer with three minutes remaining to increase the advantage to 105-100.
The teams traded a pair of free throws before a driving layup by Drummond with 1:28 to go pulled Detroit within 107-104.
The Bulls pulled away in the final minute, capped by a pair of free throws from LaVine.
The Bulls entered the fourth quarter with an 86-80 lead. The advantage would have been greater if not for a late drive to the net by Pistons forward Christian Wood, who converted a three-point play in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Chicago led 57-52 at halftime.
The Bulls built a 16-point lead midway through the second quarter when a reverse layup by Porter made it 47-31.
Detroit fought back with a 21-8 run that shaved the deficit to three points, but Porter made another driving layup with 16.6 seconds remaining to push Chicago’s lead back to five.
—Field Level Media