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In the first half the Chicago Bulls held a double digit lead against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons where able to get the Bulls lead down to four points gong into the half and when the Bulls struggle scoring in the 2nd half again Detroit took advantage and pulled away to a 14 point 109-95 victory.

Early on it was the Pistons who had trouble scoring as the Bulls jumped out to a 13-4. The Pistons ran off 5 straight points to cut the Bulls lead to 13-9 with 5:31 left in the quarter. The Bulls went on a run of 13-5 to finest out the 1st quarter as the Pistons could manage just 14 points in the quarter. Chicago took a 26-14 lead after one quarter.

Chicago was able to build their lead to 13 points early in the 2nd quarter at 33-20, but Detroit scored 4 points in a row to knock the lead back into single digits at 33-24. Chicago was able to push their lead back to double digits four different times. The last double digit lead the Bulls had was 51-41 with 2:00 minutes left in the quarter. The Pistons finished the quarter on a 10-4 run to cut the Bulls lead to 55-51 going into halftime.

Detroit got the game even very quickly in the 3rd quarter at 59 all when Reggie Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 10:11 left in the quarter. The teams traded the lead four different times and the game was also tied four different times in the quarter. Jimmy Butler scored the final basket of the quarter with :03 seconds left to tie the game at 79 all.

Tobias Harris scored the first basket of the 4th quarter to give the Pistons the lead at 81-79. It was a lead that the Pistons would never relinquish. Chicago cut the Pitons lead to one point on a couple of occasions, but the Bulls scored just 16 points in the 4th quarter. The Pistons slowly built there lead; they even scored the final 7 points of the game to take a 109-95 win.

Reggie Jackson was the Pistons leading scorer with 26 points. Jackson score 24 of his team high 26 points in the 2nd half of the game. Jon Leuer scored 16 points, Marcus Morris scored 13 points and Andre Drummond added 12 points. Tobias Harris (13 points) and Aron Baynes (12 points) came off the Detroit bench to reach double figures. Drummond and Harris tied for the team lead in rebounds with 8 apiece while Ish Smith handed out a team high 7 assists.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games high scorer with 27 points. Butler was also the games top rebounder grabbing 9 of them. Robin Lopez added 18 points for the Bulls while Bobby Portis scored 10 points. The only Chicago player to reach double figures coming off the bench was Cameron Payne with 14 points.

The win by the Pistons made their record the same as the Bulls at 31-32. While the teams have the same won-loss record Detroit holds the tiebreaker and is currently holding the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference while Chicago is the 8th seed. Detroit gets a day off before they play a road game Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers ate currently 32-31 a game ahead of the Pistons in the standings. The Bulls also get a day off as they’ll stay on the road to face the 23-41 Orlando Magic Wednesday night.

It’s All-Star weekend in the NBA and it started last night. The All-Star festivities kick off with the celebrity game. Which I don’t think I’ve ever watched, but I’m guessing someone does because they keep having it. The other event on Friday night is the Rising Stars game. The roster for this game are compiled of first and second year players and they’re divided into a Team U.S. And a World Team. This game is pretty much the younger guys version of the actual All-Star game is there is no defense at all played. Case in point last night the World Team beat the U.S. Team 150-141. When this game first started I watched a little of it until I realized that it was a joke and they where only interested in seeing how many points they could score and it wasn’t any actual basketball game.

Moving on to the three Saturday events which are a little more entertaining. There’s the Skills Challenge which they ruined for me last year with the changes they made. I understand that they wanted the big men in the competition, but they way they adjusts things for them really ruined the competition.

Here are the players competing in the Skills Challenge.

Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) , Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns). Jokic is replacing Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers who is out injured.

Then there’s the 3-point competition which is easily the best of all the events they have on Saturday.

Here are the players you’ll see competing in the 3-point shooting competition.

Defending champion Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) is back to try and repeat. He’ll be competing against Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Wesley Matthews (Dallas Mavericks) and Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers)

Then there is the Slam Dunk Contest which use to be the marquee event of the evening, but has really lost it’s luster when the bigger stars in the NBA no longer wanted to compete in it. Zach LeVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves had brought some interest back to the contest the last couple of years and his battle with Aaron Gordon last season was one of the best dunk contest there have ever been. While Gordon is back to compete and LeVine was going to try and defend his title he was injured and is out for the season.

He are the players in this years Slam Dunk Contest.

Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Glen Robinson III (Indiana Pacers) and Derrick Jones Jr. (Phoenix Suns).

How much of All-Star Saturday night do you watch?

Then there is the All-Star game itself. It’s the 66th NBA All-Star game and they’re in New Orleans this time. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. cst and it’s on TNT. Someone has to explain to me why you’d watch this game. Is it really that interesting to see these guys ply together. The only thing that I want to know if it happens or not is if will see Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the court with the four Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry who are on the Western Conference All-Star team, but that’s not enough to make me tune in. Are you going to watch?

In trade rumors that don’t involved Carmelo Anthony it appears as though the Detroit Pistons are in talks with the Orlando Magic to trade point guard Reggie Jackson. The deal as it’s being reported has Jackson going to the Magic for point guard D.J. Augustin and forward Jeff Green. Jackson name had came up in trade rumors early in the season that had him going to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Rickey Rubio. Those trade rumors prompted Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy to publicly proclaim that  Jackson wouldn’t be dealt to Minnesota. There is also a report that if Jackson is available the New Orleans Pelicans would be interested in acquiring him. There where no names reported in a Pistons/Pelicans deal for Jackson.

Jackson is 26 and in the second year of a five-year; $80 million dollar deal with the Pistons. Jackson is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 assists, but the Pistons are just 16-20 with him in the line up. Now Jackson missed the first 21 games of the season when he was suffering from persistent knee tendinitis. While Jackson was out the Pistons went 11-10.

It seems as though Detroit would like to move on from Jackson and use Ish Smith as there staring point guard. In and interview earlier in the week Van Gundy was quoted as saying “We found a groove with Ish. And when Reggie came back, it has been a big adjustment.” Van Gundy also acknowledged “Reggie came back, and we’ve struggled ever since.”

Detroit is currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference at 27-30, but they where expecting to compete for a top playoff spot and have a home court advantage in a series or two. The Pistons are just one game behind the Chicago Bulls for the 7th spot in the conference, but they are also just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks who are in 9th place while the Miami Heat are in 10 place just two games behind the Pistons. With the trade deadline coming up on Thursday will have to see if Jackson is still with the Pistons after that.

The NHL has ruled that Antoine Vermette will be suspended 10 games for the slashing incident with a linesman Shandor Alphonso in the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The NHL announced the decision on Thursday. That was just a day after Vermette had a disciplinary conference call with the league and the players’ union. The NHLPA has notified the league that it will appeal the suspension. Is 10 games enough or too much for Vermette?

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After suffering back to back blow out losses last week the Chicago Bulls turned the tables last night and got a 31 point blow out win. The Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons Monday night 113-82. The Bulls got back over .500 with the win at 14-13. The Pistons fell to 14-16 with the loss.

Chicago got off to a fast start scoring the first 8 points of the game. The Bulls then scored 6 of the next 8 points scored in the game. The Bulls had their biggest lead of the quarter at 16 points after a Nikola Mirotic basket with 1:15 left in the quarter. The teams traded buckets to end the quarter; so the Bulls had there 16 point lead back at 35-19 after one quarter.

The 2nd quarter started just like the opening quarter did, but this time the Bulls scored the first 10 points of the quarter. The Pistons actually went on a 7-0 run after that, but that just cut the Bulls lead to 19 points. After that run the Pistons managed just 8 more points in the quarter and the Bulls really pulled away going into halftime with a 35 point lead 69-34.

With the game well in hand the teams played a very even 3rd quarter that saw the Pistons outscore the Bulls 29 to 28 in the quarter. Neither team put together a run of more than 3 points in the quarter and the Bulls went into the 4th quarter with a 34 point lead at 97 to 63.

The 4th quarter was a very low scoring, but even quarter. The Pistons did outscore the Bulls again in the 4th quarter, but just by 3 points 19 to 16. The Bulls starters spent the entire 4th quarter on the bench as they cruised to a 113 to 82 victory.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games high scorer with 19 points. Taj Gibson had 16 points. Robin Lopez had 14 points while Dwayne Wade scored 13 points. Rajon Rondo scored 10 points and also grabbed a game high 14 rebounds and handed out a game high 8 assists. Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic came off the Bulls bench to each score 13 points.

Jon Leuer was one of two Pistons to score in double figures coming off the bench to lead the team with 16 points. Tobias Harris just reached double figures with 10 points. Leuer was also Detroit’s leading rebounder with 5 while Ish Smith led the team with 7 assists.

The Bulls get a day off and then they’ll host the 12-15 Washington Wizards Wednesday night. Detroit also gets a day off and they get to head home as they’ll host the 18-11 Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

 

The Detroit Pistons got there fourth win in five games last night as they beat the Chicago Bulls 102-91 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The win gets the Pistons over .500 on the season at 12-11. This was the third loss in a row for the Bulls and there record fell to 11-10.

Is it time to look at the Bulls schedule and question if fatigue is an issue. The Bulls had a solid 7-game west coast road trip going 4-3. That road trip ended November 25th and they got four days off before playing there next game. Then starting with there game November 30th the Bulls will play 10 games in 12 days. While seven of the game at  home there is travel involved. Earlier the Bulls had a the 2nd of a back to back in Dallas. Last nights game was also the 2nd of a back to back and they went from Chicago to Detroit. Now that’s not a terrible travel, but being the 2nd game of a set could be the issue. The Bulls have five games left in this set of games. They end with a set of back to back games against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 15th and 16th.

The Pistons started the game with three 3-point shoots. They made two and Reggie Jackson was fouled on his and made 2 of his 3 free throws to give the Pistons an 8-0 lead to start the game. The Bulls went on a 9-2 run to get right back in the game at 10-9. The Pistons went on to control the rest of the 1st quarter scoring 22 points to the Bulls 11. Detroit took a 32-21 lead after one quarter.

The Pistons built there lead to 17 points with 3:47 left in the 2nd quarter at 51-34 after an Andre Drummond dunk. Drummond’s dunk was the last points the Pistons would score in the quarter as the Bulls did there best to cut down the lead. Chicago scored the final 10 points of the quarter to cut the Detroit lead to 7 points at 51-44 going into halftime.

The Bulls hit the first 6 points of the 3rd quarter and cut the lead to 1-point at 51-50. The Pistons built the lead back to 5-points at 57-52, but then the Bulls went on a 12-5 run to tie the game at 64 all. From there the teams traded the lead seven times in the final 4:11 of the quarter and it was the Bulls that ended up with a 72-71 lead after three quarters.

The Pistons came back at the beginning of the 4th quarter to take the lead at 76-75 and never gave the lead up again. Darrun Hilliard hit a lay up with 5:48 left in the game to extend the Pistons lead to 10 at 89-79. The Bulls never got any closer than 6 points as the Pistons pulled away for a 102-91 win.

Tobias Harris was the Pistons leading scorer with 22 points. Andre Drummond had 15 points and tied for the game high in rebounds with 10. Marcus Morris scored 15 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 points. Ish Smith came off the Pistons bench to lead the game in assists with 10.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games leading scorer with 32 points. Dwayne Wade had 19 points and a team high 7 assists while Taj Gibson had a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to tie for the game high. Rajon Rondo returned from his one game suspension to add 10 points.

Detroit has to turn around and play again tonight as they’ll travel to Charlotte to face the 12-9 Hornets. The Bulls get a day off before they face one of the top teams in the Western Conference. On Thursday night the Bulls play the 18-4 San Antonio Spurs.