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Bulls Start Slow, Throttle Pistons 133-87 at the United Center

The Bulls started slow on Tuesday night, but absolutely embarrassed the Pistons at the United Center by a 46-point margin, 133-87.
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The Chicago Bulls entered Tuesday's game after a tough loss to the Dallas Mavericks on the road. However, despite the loss, Tuesday presented a perfect opportunity for a big win with a second game in as many days against the Brooklyn Nets lined up for Wednesday. The Bulls didn't miss a beat on Tuesday night. Although the team started slow, they rallied to down the Pistons by 46 points, 133-87, at home.

The Set Up

After riding an impressive nine-game winning streak dating back to December 19, the Bulls finally fell to the Dallas Mavericks 113-99 on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine paced the team with 20 points apiece, while Nikola Vucevic and Coby White each contributed 13 points. The second half proved to be the difference, as the Bulls were outscored 59-44. This season, the Bulls have been a strong fourth quarter team, but the Mavericks proved to have the Bulls' number on Sunday night.

Despite the rare loss, the Bulls entered Tuesday's game against the Pistons two games ahead of Brooklyn for first in the Eastern Conference with a 26-11 record. On the flip side, Detroit entered Tuesday's contest with the second-worst record in the East at 9-30.

The Summary

The opening minutes for the Bulls in the first quarter didn't go well. After just over three minutes, the Bulls found themselves trailing by six. However, Billy Donovan elected to replace Derrick Jones Jr. with Ayo Dosunmu with 8:51 left in the quarter. Following Dosunmu's substitution, the Bulls went on a 7-0 run with five points coming from the rookie. Despite the run to give the Bulls a lead, Detroit stormed back but still trailed by one at the break. DeRozan and Dosunmu led the way with nine and eight points, respectively.

That said, the Bulls began to wake up in the second quarter. Although the Pistons managed to hang around, the Bulls outscored the visitors 33-25 in the quarter. DeRozan led all Bulls scorers with 14 at the half, but 10 and nine points from Ayo and Coby White, respectively, helped the Bulls open things up. The Bulls led 61-52 at the half.

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The second half started on quite a different note. Just halfway through the third quarter, the Bulls found themselves with a 26-point lead and 7:57 left to play in the frame. A 17-point run opened the game up for Chicago. That lead was held in tact as the Bulls outscored the Pistons 36-14 in the third.

The Bulls didn't stop in the fourth quarter. With many starters sitting, Chicago still commanded a 37-point advantage with over half the quarter to play. In the end, the Bulls crushed the Pistons 133-87 and had eight players in double figures.

Ayo Continues to Step Up

On Tuesday night, the Bulls came out very slow against the lowly Pistons. Rather than panicking, Billy Donovan made a key substitution early. Ayo Dosunmu checked in when the Bulls trailed and helped get the Bulls back out front. In addition, the rookie played strong defense and once again showed his veteran-like leadership, pulling DeMar DeRozan out of a situation where he could be charged with a technical foul.

The rookie, from Chicago, is having a sensational first season. After being passed on by every team in the NBA, Dosunmu is proving he is a quality player. Remember folks, he was a second-round pick.

This is a Team Win

Eight. Eight is the number of players that scored in double figures for the Bulls on Tuesday. The team is loaded. They're incredibly deep and have received incredible play from the aforementioned Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White. In addition, Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic, and DeMar DeRozan continue to ball out. This team is clicking on all cylinders after winning 10 of their last 11. Oh, and they're still without Javonte Green and Alex Caruso. In addition, the team racked up 33 assists in the win as well. This is the type of win you expect from the Bulls over the Pistons.

What's On Tap Next?

The Bulls have a quick turnaround following Tuesday's win, welcoming the Brooklyn Nets to the United Center. Wednesday night's tip-off is a late one, as the game will be a 9:00 p.m. CST start on ESPN. The Bulls are looking for their 11th win in 12 games against the first team trailing them in the Eastern Conference standings.