Game 3: Chicago Bulls (2-1) fall to Detroit Pistons (3-0), 98-94 in overtime
October 30, 2015
The Bulls allowed the Pistons to take control and set the tempo of the game on multiple occasions. The Pistons were the team that started each half well, but it wasn’t enough to completely keep them out of the game.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulls took the lead at 6:28 mark, but couldn’t make a run. The Pistons stayed right with them, but neither team could find anything at the end of regulation. Derrick Rose had the ball for the last possession of regulation, but opted to take a 17-foot stepback jumper instead of attacking the rim, leaving an 83-83 tie left to be decided by overtime.
Just like the start of the first and second halves, the Pistons started strong in overtime, making a 7-0 run capitalized by an Anthony Tolliver three. The run gave the Pistons a 90-83 lead, and the Bulls couldn’t overcome it. In the end, the Bulls made a mini-run with a Jimmy Butler three and Pau Gasol layup that cut the deficit to four, 98-94, but that was all they got.
Butler led the Bulls with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Player of the Game
Drummond came into Friday night’s matchup averaging 18 points and 14.5 rebounds, and he outdid that in the Pistons’ win with a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. He went 8-for-19 from the field and 4-for-9 from the charity stripe in 39 minutes. Take a closer look at his rebounding numbers, and he had a near 50-50 split between both ends of the court: nine offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds.
The Bulls have become somewhat known as a rebounding team by having Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, but, Friday night, the Pistons got the best of them. The Bulls were outrebounded 61-50 led by Andre Drummond’s 20. In fact, no other Piston even reached double digits for rebounds.
The biggest difference in the rebounding differential between the Bulls and Pistons came on offensive rebounds. The Pistons had 20 total offensive rebounds while the Bulls had a mere eight. Those extra offensive rebounds don’t always result in something, but they give the favored team potential second-chance points and more offensive opportunities, and it clearly made a difference between the two Central Division teams.
Matchup of the Game Result
The Bulls frontcourt versus Andre Drummond
Gasol may have posted a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Mirotic may have scored 22 points — just one point behind Butler’s team high 23. Taj Gibson may have had his best game so far — he had a near double-double of eight points and seven rebounds to go along with three blocks — and Joakim Noah may have finally scored for the first time this season, but absolutely none of them could stop, or rather slow down, Andre Drummond’s dominating 20-20 performance.
The Bulls will return to the United Center Sunday evening when they face former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles and the Orlando Magic at 6 p.m. central.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.