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Chicago at Detroit

Bulls win 15th straight over Pistons

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Derrick Rose brought the ball up the court, his team down by three.

With no timeouts remaining, Chicago wouldn't have a chance to stop and set up a play, but the Bulls' battered point guard didn't need any time to plan his next move. Rose dribbled around a high screen and pulled up just to the right of the top of the arc, where he sank a tying 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left.

"Freelancing," Rose said. "Pick-and-roll, see what we could get in transition, they backed up and I shot the ball."

Chicago went on to beat Detroit for the 15th straight time, 100-94 in overtime Sunday night. Rose finished with 24 points despite a bad right ankle, and by the end of the night he was wearing a small bandage at the top of the bridge of his nose following a fourth-quarter foul by Detroit's Charlie Villanueva.

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Rodney Stuckey scored 32 points for the Pistons, but he missed two crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter. Rose's 3-pointer tied the game at 86 and sent it to the extra session.

"We did everything we needed to win the game other than actually winning the game," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "We made a ton of winning plays, but in this league it is all or nothing, and at the end, the outcome is a loss."

Joakim Noah had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 3 ½ games ahead of Miami in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is an NBA-best 46-14. Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City is two games behind.

Chicago trailed by three in the final minute of the fourth quarter when Carlos Boozer made a shot from the baseline to pull to 84-83 with 56.4 seconds remaining. Tayshaun Prince missed on a drive at the other end, but Boozer couldn't convert inside.

Stuckey made one of two free throws with 16.1 seconds remaining, and Chicago called a timeout, but Luol Deng was called for a five-second violation before inbounding. Stuckey again could make only one of two free throws with 14.2 seconds left, and Rose was able to work his way free for a 3 from near the top of the arc to tie it.

Stuckey's shot from near the free throw line missed, and the game went to overtime.

"We know we have to play better, but at this point of the year, every win is important," Noah said. "When Derrick hit that 3, it just gave our team new life, and we just handled our business in overtime."

Chicago led by one when Kyle Korver made an open 3 from the right wing to make it 95-91. Greg Monroe missed a layup at the other end, and the Bulls held on.

Rose has been bothered by an injured right ankle, and he shot 1 of 13 in Thursday's overtime win over Miami. He was aggressive early against the Pistons, driving smoothly to the basket for a layup to open the scoring and then sinking a perimeter jumper moments later.

Rose and Noah scored 12 points apiece for Chicago in the first half, but the Pistons received an unexpected lift from Villanueva.

After playing only 40 minutes previously during an injury-plagued season, Villanueva came off the bench to score 11 points in the first half, giving Detroit a much-needed boost against Chicago's tough defense.

The Bulls still led 49-41 at halftime and took a 60-46 advantage on a 3-pointer by former Detroit star Richard Hamilton. Then it was the Pistons' turn to clamp down. Detroit held Chicago to only four points the rest of the quarter and took a 66-64 lead into the fourth after a basket by Monroe inside.

Villanueva opened the fourth with a layup and Damien Wilkins added a dunk to give the Pistons a six-point lead, but Chicago got some momentum back when Villanueva was whistled for a flagrant foul after he appeared to catch Rose in the face when the star point guard tried to finish a fast break.

"I was definitely going for the ball, and I certainly had no intention of hitting him in the nose," Villanueva said. "He said some things, and I said something back, but I got the technical. It was just heat of the moment stuff."

After that exchange, the Bulls took a 77-76 lead on a free throw by C.J. Watson.

"I was mad. I'm sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots at me," Rose said. "He didn't even aim for the ball."

Notes

  • There were a number of Bulls fans in the crowd of 17,450, and they started a chant of "MVP" in the third quarter when Rose was shooting free throws.
  • Detroit's last win over Chicago was Dec. 23, 2008. This was the second overtime game during the streak.
  • Noah had 13 offensive rebounds.
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Derrick Rose, who sends the game to overtime with a 3-pointer, finishes with 24 points.  (US Presswire)
Derrick Rose, who sends the game to overtime with a 3-pointer, finishes with 24 points. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Chicago (46-14) «2623152214100
Detroit (22-38)19222520894
CHI:D. Rose 24 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 17 Reb
CHI:D. Rose 9 Ast
DET:R. Stuckey 32 Pts
DET:J. Maxiell 9 Reb
DET:B. Knight 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoDetroit

Joakim Noah

Rodney Stuckey
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
201733241
Chicago
L. Deng, SF451-80-08422
C. Boozer, PF427-131-290115
D. Rose, PG419-225-849424
J. Noah, C408-154-4173220
R. Hamilton, SG216-120-021313
K. Korver, SG274-63-322113
R. Brewer, SG131-51-22013
C. Watson, PG121-51-21124
T. Gibson, PF121-42-24024
O. Asik, C111-10-01042
J. Butler, SF10-00-00000
B. Scalabrine, CDid Not Play
M. James, PGDid Not Play
J. Lucas, PGDid Not Play
Totals 39-9117-23502022100
 42.9%73.9% 
Detroit
G. Monroe, C425-133-480413
B. Knight, PG385-102-257213
T. Prince, SF352-80-05444
R. Stuckey, PG358-1913-1841132
J. Maxiell, PF333-90-09036
B. Gordon, SG292-54-43349
C. Villanueva, PF206-150-030213
D. Wilkins, SG181-30-01012
B. Wallace, C110-00-03100
W. Bynum, PG51-20-00012
V. Macklin, PFDid Not Play
W. Russell, PGDid Not Play
A. Daye, SFDid Not Play
J. Jerebko, SFDid Not Play
Totals 33-8422-2841162294
 39.3%78.6% 
Other Games
Mia 93 Final
NY 85
Dal 108 Final
LAL 112
Tor 102 Final
Atl 86
Orl 100 Final
Cle 84
Port 103 Final
Sac 104
Bos 94 Final
Char 82
Mem 75 Final
NO 88
Hou 86 Final
Den 101