Bulls (2-1): 94
Pistons (3-0): 98
Chicago traveled to Detroit and was handed their first loss of the season. The game had the feeling of a Summer League game. Derrick Rose was scoreless until midway through the 4th quarter. Chicago turned the ball over a total of 19 times, Rose had 5. And Andre Drummond looked like a man among boys, scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 boards.
The Bulls, who’s offense was geared for high scoring, high paced games, struggled mightily all night to find a shot to go down. However, shooting at 40%, the Bulls out shot the Detroit Pistons. Who shot just 37% from the field. But, having a rebound advantage of 60-49 (20-8 advantage on the offensive glass) to go along with scoring 21 points off turnovers, was just barely enough to keep the Pistons undefeated, and at the top of the Central Division just 3 games into the season.
Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol carried the Bulls offensively to start. Scoring all 15 points before both players getting their first breather of the game. Gasol was taken out a little earlier than usual due to the dominance of Andre Drummond inside, and the total lackadaisical defense by the Bulls. Niko would end the game with 22 points while Pau would pitch in 16 to go along with his 12 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler led the team in scoring (23) and was the only other Bull besides Pau and Niko, to reach double digits. He would also record his first double-double of the season by grabbing 10 rebounds. Butler is currently averaging 21 ppg this season.
As bad as Chicago played, they had a chance to win the game in regulation. But Rose missed a jumper at the top of the key as time expired in regulation. The Pistons opened the OT period with a quick 7-0 run and the Bulls were never able to recover.
Rose on the last shot of regulations
“Drummond took away my drive, I should have pump-faked, but like I said it’s a learning experience.”
Andre Drummond- 20 points/ 20 rebounds
Marcus Morris– 26 points/ 7 rebounds
Reggie Jackson– 22 points/ 7 rebounds/ 7 assists
Anthony Tolliver– 11 points
Up Next for the Bulls– Back at home Sunday to host the Orlando Magic