Where there is a need, there is a way.
The Chicago Bulls found that way versus the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Bulls hot shooting helped them pull away from the Pistons in a 117-95 win at the United Center. The Bulls made nearly 59% of field goals from the floor in one of the better 2nd half efforts in recent games.
Chicago made more three-point shots, 11-23 on the night and this helped the team earn the win.
The Bulls led by six points at the half, but a hot third quarter where it outscored the Pistons, 32-20, secured the victory. Nikola Mirotic found his shooting touch and had a season high 28 points, making 4 of 6 three pointers. Joffrey Lauvergne, started at center when Robin Lopez was suspended for a game due to throwing punches in Toronto last night. Lauvergne had a fine game, adding 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Jimmy Butler had 16 points and 12 assists. The team made 36 assists in a concerted to move the ball around.
Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris both scored 14 points for Detroit. C Andre Drummond hauled in 17 rebounds for the Pistons.
The Bulls, loser of 8 out of 10 games, needed to win this game to keep pace with Detroit, and at 34-38, notched the W.
Again, it’s hard to pin this Chicago team down. In the weak Eastern Conference, as of tonight, the Bulls have a pulse. One can expect if they do make the playoffs, it will be an early exit.
However, with this Bulls team, you never know.