Pau Gasol had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his 50th double double of the season. It was Gasol’s tip in off a Taj Gibson miss with 5.7 ticks left that helped secure the win. Gasol was fouled by Andre Drummond, who had a great night for Detroit. Drummond finished with 14 points and hauled in 22 rebounds
Detroit was held to a season low 9 points in the second quarter yet found a way to stay in the game.
Mainly due to Chicago’s poor offense; Chicago had 12 points in the third frame. The Bulls shot 38.8 percent from the field. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points on 6 of 16 attempts. Taj Gibson scored 10, 8 in the first half. Nikola Miritoc had 11 points for the Bulls but it was Gasol who came up big to keep the Bulls one game ahead of Toronto for the 3rd playoff seed. It looks like the final determination of seeding won’t be set until the season ends. The Bulls have a 46-30 record and the Raptors are 45-31.
Drummond’s night gave him 1000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 100 blocks for the second straight seasons. No other player has done that in Franchise history.
Joakim Noah had 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 points in 28+ minutes, also was key to the win.
“It was an ugly win and we found a way,” Noah said. “That’s important..”
It was a back and forth affair until late in the 4th quarter when Gasol made an effort play and it paid off.
Nothing has been handed to Chicago. They are going to have to go out and take it.
The game should have been in hand after holding the Pistons to just nine points, but such is the way of life for the Bulls. Credit Gasol for putting the game away with the and-one play after he had given up an easy layup on the previous play. The Bulls need some momentum going into the playoffs. But the way they have played against sub .500 teams, it appears that this will not be possible.