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Bulls top Pistons 107-105 in Zach LaVine's return

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls got their first taste of life with Zach LaVine and liked what they saw.

LaVine scored 14 points in his first game in 11 months, rookie Lauri Marrkanen added 19 points and the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 107-105 on Saturday night.

Chicago made 17 3-pointers and held off several late charges by the Pistons to win for the 13th time in its last 20 games.

LaVine was making his Bulls debut after being acquired from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade. LaVine, who last season averaged 18.9 points in 47 contests, hadn't played since he suffered a torn ACL against Detroit on Feb. 3.

''It actually felt really good,'' LaVine said. ''It wasn't that fast paced. I was tired, but it wasn't that fast. I was relaxed.''

Avery Bradley scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 21 and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its sixth road game in seven tries.

Coming off a career-high, 33-point effort on Wednesday, Markkanen hit a 17-foot shot with 1:08 to go to give the Bulls a 106-105 lead. The game featured 23 lead changes and seven ties.

Chicago then survived four late shot attempts by Detroit, including a missed layup by Drummond with 38 seconds left.

''We just didn't close,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''In the first half, we just didn't close. Our guys are not closing out. Period.''

It was the second straight close victory for the Bulls after an overtime win at New York on Wednesday.

''It means a lot and it's especially nice to have Zach back,'' Markkanen said. ''Just to see how he moves and how quick he is, how well he can shoot the ball. All around he's a great player and he's going to bring a lot to the team.''

With LaVine on the court, the Bulls reached 100 points for the 17th time in 20 games after reaching the mark only eight times in their first 23 contests.

LaVine made his first shot, a 27-footer from the right of the key, before he assisted Robin Lopez's basket inside. The fourth-year guard followed with an easy 15-footer at the 8:12 mark in the first quarter to give Chicago an early 12-11 lead. LaVine made 5 of 9 shots and finished with two assists.

''(LaVine is) a very smooth player and has a lot of confidence to rise up on his first shot and knock down a 3,'' Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''(That) shows you that he's just been itching for this moment to get out there and back on the floor with his teammates.''

Kris Dunn had 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for Chicago. Dunn also was credited with a blocked shot on Reggie Bullock's attempted layup at the buzzer.

Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and six rebounds off the bench and Bobby Portis scored 15 in the win.

Eight of Drummond's 15 rebounds were on the offensive end, which helped Detroit to a 30-6 advantage in second-chance points.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Forward Stanley Johnson sat out with a sore right hip flexor after missing practice on Friday. ''They're not really seeing any structural things, he's just really tight,'' Van Gundy said. ''Problem's moving in one direction. I don't know if it's necessarily a pain thing. It's his ability, in his mind, at least, to move.''

Bulls: Connected on 17 3-point tries to match the franchise record with a seventh consecutive game with at least 10 3-pointers made. Chicago made its first six tries from beyond the arc, including all three by Markkanen, to equal the previous stretch from March 21-April 2, 2017.

BIG SHOT

Upset he missed a wide-open, 3-pointer to give the Bulls the lead, Hoiberg said Markkanen apologized to his teammates in the huddle. Hoiberg drew up the next play for Markkanen, who hit the go-ahead shot.

''Robin (Lopez) set a great screen to get him open,'' Hoiberg said. ''(Markkanen) had no hesitation, he rose up and knocked it down. To be that calm as a 20-year-old rookie is a great sign for him.''

QUOTABLE

LaVine on his return: ''Not really butterflies, just anxious. It's just what I love to do. It's one of the best feelings to go out there, play in front of 20,000-plus people, your teammates supporting you, coaches that support you, medical staff, your family, a lot of people having your back.''

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Charlotte on Monday.

Bulls: Host Miami on Monday.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
N. Mirotic
44 PF
25.1 Min. Per Game 25.1
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
54.1 Field Goal % 48.4
53.8 Three Point % 48.4
63.1 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 0:00
  Reggie Bullock missed layup, blocked by Kris Dunn 0:00
  Lost ball turnover on Justin Holiday, stolen by Avery Bradley 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn 0:23
  Avery Bradley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
+ 1 Kris Dunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
  Team rebound 0:38
  Kris Dunn missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Personal foul on Avery Bradley 0:38
  Team rebound 0:38
  Andre Drummond missed driving layup 0:38
Team Stats
Points 105 107
Field Goals 41-92 (44.6%) 42-87 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 12-29 (41.4%) 17-36 (47.2%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 6-9 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 52 50
Offensive 13 6
Defensive 32 34
Team 7 10
Assists 28 27
Steals 8 10
Blocks 7 8
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 11 11
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
K. Dunn PG 32
18 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pistons 22-19 31302321105
home team logo Bulls 16-27 36242720107
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 22-19 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Bulls 16-27 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Bradley SG PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Markkanen PF 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Bradley SG 26 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
L. Markkanen PF 19 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
44.6 FG% 48.3
41.4 3PT FG% 47.2
78.6 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Bradley 37 26 3 1 2 1 4 3 10/19 6/10 0/0 0 3 30 -4
A. Drummond 33 21 15 4 2 3 1 2 8/13 0/0 5/6 8 7 48 -6
I. Smith 26 12 2 6 1 1 0 0 5/10 0/1 2/2 0 2 28 -8
T. Harris 30 7 4 4 2 1 2 0 3/14 0/6 1/2 0 4 20 -3
R. Bullock 35 7 5 2 0 0 2 0 3/9 1/1 0/0 1 4 14 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Bradley 37 26 3 1 2 1 4 3 10/19 6/10 0/0 0 3 30 -4
A. Drummond 33 21 15 4 2 3 1 2 8/13 0/0 5/6 8 7 48 -6
I. Smith 26 12 2 6 1 1 0 0 5/10 0/1 2/2 0 2 28 -8
T. Harris 30 7 4 4 2 1 2 0 3/14 0/6 1/2 0 4 20 -3
R. Bullock 35 7 5 2 0 0 2 0 3/9 1/1 0/0 1 4 14 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 18 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 3/5 3/4 1/2 1 3 14 +3
D. Buycks 21 10 3 3 0 0 0 2 4/12 1/3 1/1 1 2 19 +6
L. Kennard 22 9 4 3 1 1 1 0 4/8 1/4 0/0 1 3 20 +1
E. Moreland 14 3 5 5 0 0 2 4 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 4 16 +2
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 105 45 28 8 7 12 11 41/92 12/29 11/14 13 32 209 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 26 19 4 1 3 1 1 0 7/15 4/7 1/1 1 3 28 +8
K. Dunn 31 18 8 8 3 3 2 2 7/13 1/5 3/4 0 8 46 +5
Z. LaVine 19 14 0 2 0 0 1 1 5/9 3/4 1/2 0 0 17 +3
R. Lopez 29 12 3 2 0 1 2 0 6/10 0/0 0/0 1 2 18 +16
J. Holiday 31 9 5 3 1 0 4 1 3/7 3/5 0/0 0 5 17 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 26 19 4 1 3 1 1 0 7/15 4/7 1/1 1 3 28 +8
K. Dunn 31 18 8 8 3 3 2 2 7/13 1/5 3/4 0 8 46 +5
Z. LaVine 19 14 0 2 0 0 1 1 5/9 3/4 1/2 0 0 17 +3
R. Lopez 29 12 3 2 0 1 2 0 6/10 0/0 0/0 1 2 18 +16
J. Holiday 31 9 5 3 1 0 4 1 3/7 3/5 0/0 0 5 17 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 21 16 6 1 1 1 2 1 6/13 4/9 0/0 0 6 24 -8
B. Portis 18 15 3 0 1 0 2 3 6/10 2/3 1/2 2 1 17 -12
D. Valentine 21 2 5 3 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 5 13 -2
D. Nwaba 26 2 4 0 1 2 0 0 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 2 9 -1
J. Grant 14 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 16 -1
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 107 40 27 10 8 14 11 42/87 17/36 6/9 6 34 205 +10