Eight double-digit Bulls in Pistons rout

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January 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, United States; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) shoots over Detroit Pistons cross Isaiah Stewart (28) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points and DeMar DeRozan contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds to propel host Chicago Bulls to a 133-87 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Bulls shot 54.3 percent and led up to 47 points, taking control with a 17-0 run to start the third quarter. Lonzo Ball, one of eight Bulls who scored in double digits, opened the climb with a three-point play, and Vucevic closed it with a trey.

Vucevic had 16 points in the third quarter, edging the Pistons by two.

Chicago has won 10 straight wins against Detroit and 10 of 11 overall.

Ball scored 18 points for the Bulls, who tied a season-high in points and 3 points (18). Coby White had 13 and Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu, Alfonzo McKinnie and Matt Thomas added 10 each.

Josh Jackson paced the Pistons with 16 points. Saddiq Bey followed with 14 points and Isaiah Stewart with 11. Killian Hayes produced team records with five assists and four steals with eight points.

DeRozan finished three assists from a triple-double, while LaVine missed a rebound and three assists. Troy Brown Jr. had six career best steals for the Bulls.

After a career-high 29 points in Monday’s home win over Utah, Detroit rookie Cade Cunningham was limited to eight points on Tuesday. Cunningham struggled with fouls in the first half, retiring to the bench with his third foul with 6:07 remaining before half-time.

Chicago took a 61-52 lead in the break, recovering from a slow start to shoot 53.7% in the first 24 minutes. The Bulls finished the first quarter on a 14-5 streak before beating the Pistons 33-25 in the second.

Pistons coach Dwane Casey returned to the bench on Tuesday after missing Monday’s game due to NBA health and safety protocol for COVID-19. Casey said he had successively tested negative on Sunday night and Monday.

The Bulls won the season series against the Pistons, beating their Central Division rival for the third time in as many games. The teams will play in Detroit on March 9.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled for December 14, but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

–Field level media

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