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Chicago at Detroit

Rose, Bulls grab season sweep over hapless Pistons

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Chicago Bulls needed a win Sunday to boost their chances of a playoff spot.

Eastern Conference
SeedTeamGB
1x-Atlanta-
2x-Boston-
3x-Brooklyn-
4x-Chicago-
5o-Charlotte-
6o-Cleveland-
7o-Detroit-
8y-Indiana-
Still alive
9z-Miami-
10x-Milwaukee-
11y-New York-
Eliminated
12o-Orlando-
13o-Philadelphia-
14o-Toronto-
15o-Washington-
Complete Playoff Race

They found the perfect opponent.

Flip Murray scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists, and the Bulls beat the hapless Detroit Pistons 110-103.

Chicago trails Toronto by a half-game for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

"We know we need to play some good basketball right now," Rose said. "It's here now. We just have to keep it going, focus and play defense."

The Pistons have lost eight straight and 15 of 17. The victory gave the Bulls, who are seven games under .500 against the rest of the NBA, their first season sweep of Detroit since the Michael Jordan-led team that won 72 games in 1995-96. They have now beaten the Pistons seven straight times.

"It's a privilege to play this game, and it is an honor to coach it, and you need to take advantage of every game you have," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "I thought we would have a little more pep tonight."

Brad Miller added 17 points for Chicago, while Hakim Warrick scored 14 off the bench.

"That's our team. We share the ball and we don't know who the hot guy is going to be each night," Miller said. "We can't afford to lose any more games, especially with playing New Jersey last night and Detroit tonight. All we can do now is win."

Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 29 points, while Rodney Stuckey overcame a twisted ankle to add 20. Hamilton also twisted his ankle late in the game, and Kuester was unsure of their status for Wednesday's game against Miami.

"I think I'll be OK -- it is sore, but I'll get it taken care of tomorrow," Stuckey said. "We just aren't getting the job done right now. We're late on a lot of defensive plays."

Detroit scored the game's first five points, but that was the highlight of the night for the free-falling Pistons. The Bulls put together a 31-11 run to take a 62-44 halftime lead.

"We just don't have a very big margin of error, so we can't dig ourselves a hole like we did in the second quarter," Kuester said.

A 32-point third quarter got the Pistons back within single digits, but they couldn't hit enough shots in the fourth period to pose a serious threat.

"I thought we got a little stagnant and a little cautious in the second half, but we got some stops when we needed them," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got great production from Hakim and Flip, Derrick attacked the basket and Brad was effective. It was a great team effort."

Notes
  • Detroit is 2-14 against the Central Division, with both wins coming against Milwaukee. Besides being swept by the Bulls for the first time in 14 years, they were swept by Indiana for the first time in franchise history.
  • Murray, a former Piston, outscored former Bull Ben Gordon 23-3. Murray is making approximately one-sixth of Gordon's salary this season.
  • Hamilton and Kuester both picked up technicals for arguing calls.
  • James Johnson returned for Chicago after missing the last game with a strained foot.
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Derrick Rose leads the Bulls to their first season sweep of the Pistons since the days of Michael Jordan. (AP)
Derrick Rose leads the Bulls to their first season sweep of the Pistons since the days of Michael Jordan. (AP)

Scoreboard
Chicago (35-38) «28342226110
Detroit (23-50) 22223227103
CHI:R. Murray 23 Pts
CHI:T. Gibson 10 Reb
CHI:D. Rose 9 Ast
DET:R. Hamilton 29 Pts
DET:J. Maxiell 10 Reb
DET:T. Prince 6 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitChicago

R. Hamilton

D. Rose
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
29152139
Chicago
T. Gibson, PF433-63-310239
D. Rose, PG367-137-839121
B. Miller, C305-87-965217
K. Hinrich, PG284-102-222411
J. Johnson, PF253-52-45019
R. Murray, SG309-142-434323
H. Warrick, PF185-64-441114
J. Noah, C173-50-02036
J. Pargo, PG120-40-02120
D. Brown, SGDid Not Play
L. Deng, SFDid Not Play
C. Richard, PFDid Not Play
A. Law, PGDid Not Play
J. Alexander, SFDid Not Play
J. James, CDid Not Play
Totals 39-7127-34372420110
 54.9%79.4% 
Detroit
J. Jerebko, SF384-82-251512
R. Hamilton, SG3510-207-715229
T. Prince, SF325-92-236313
J. Maxiell, PF302-30-010044
W. Bynum, PG241-42-20424
R. Stuckey, PG266-147-833120
K. Brown, C181-21-25033
B. Gordon, SG141-51-12223
A. Daye, SF133-80-01118
D. Summers, SF62-42-20017
C. Villanueva, PF50-20-01100
C. Atkins, PGDid Not Play
B. Wallace, CDid Not Play
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-7924-26312324103
 44.3%92.3% 
Other Games
Sac 90 Final
Cle 97
Mem 103 Final
Mil 108
Ind 84 Final
Atl 94
Tor 94 Final
Mia 97
Den 97 Final
Orl 103
Pho 111 Final
Min 105
Port 92 Final
OKC 87
SA 94 Final
Bos 73
GS 121 Final
LAC 103