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Pistons sharp from outside in 117-95 win over Chicago

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons are close to full strength now, and their performance of late reflects it.

It may be too late for any of that to matter.

Anthony Tolliver scored a season-high 25 points, and the Pistons made 13 3-pointers in the first half on their way to a 117-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Detroit has won three of four, with the only loss in that span in overtime at Houston, but the Pistons still trail Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

''We're giving it our all when stepping on the floor,'' forward James Ennis said. ''We have a goal right now and we have like nine games left so we've got to finish strong.''

Reggie Jackson had 15 points in his third game back from an ankle injury. Aside from Jon Leuer (left ankle surgery) Detroit is pretty healthy at the moment.

The Pistons went 13 of 27 from 3-point range in the first half and led 66-47 after two quarters. Tolliver scored 16 points in the half.

Tolliver made six 3-pointers for the game and Reggie Bullock made four. The Pistons were 16 of 36 from beyond the arc through three quarters, but they missed all six of their attempts in the fourth. The franchise record for 3-pointers in a game is 17.

''We let them get comfortable at the start of the game,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''They hit some wide-open 3s, and it just snowballed on us from there.''

The Bulls have lost five straight.

Andre Drummond had 15 points and 20 rebounds for Detroit. It was his 16th game this season with at least 20 rebounds and the 50th of his career.

The Pistons had eight players in double figures - and nobody else scored at all for them. Chicago had seven in double figures, with Denzel Valentine leading the way with 18 points.

Bobby Portis was held to 10 points for the Bulls, snapping a streak of seven straight games for him with at least 15. Chicago never led.

SHARING THE BALL

The Pistons had 21 assists on 26 field goals in the first half. They finished with 33 assists for the game.

''It was a good night,'' coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''The ball moved, didn't even have to play Blake (Griffin) in the fourth quarter - it was a good game.''

FINAL FOUR BOUND

Valentine's brother, Drew, is an assistant coach at Loyola, which advanced to the Final Four on Saturday.

''This is crazy. I just got off FaceTime with him, and I know we just lost, but this has put a huge smile on my face,'' Denzel Valentine said. ''I think I'm as excited right now as I was when we went to the Final Four, and that was the best basketball experience of my life. I might even have a chance to go down there and see them.''

Denzel Valentine made the Final Four as a player at Michigan State.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago was without F Lauri Markkanen (lower back spasms), G Kris Dunn (right big toe sprain) and G Zach LaVine (left patellar tendinitis). ... The Bulls fell to 2-10 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Pistons: F Stanley Johnson left the game with a right gluteal strain. ... The Pistons did set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a half.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

Pistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

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Key Players
B. Portis
5 PF
B. Griffin
23 PF
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
21.7 Pts. Per Game 21.7
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.5
46.7 Field Goal % 43.6
46.6 Three Point % 43.5
78.4 Free Throw % 78.9
  Defensive rebound by Eric Moreland 0:20
  Cristiano Felicio missed hook shot 0:22
  Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio 0:40
  Eric Moreland missed dunk 0:41
  Offensive rebound by Eric Moreland 0:41
  Dwight Buycks missed jump shot 0:42
+ 1 Cristiano Felicio made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
+ 1 Cristiano Felicio made 1st of 2 free throws 0:56
  Shooting foul on Eric Moreland 0:56
  Defensive rebound by David Nwaba 1:09
  Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
Team Stats
Points 95 117
Field Goals 39-97 (40.2%) 43-87 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 11-35 (31.4%) 16-42 (38.1%)
Free Throws 6-9 (66.7%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 52 56
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 30 37
Team 8 7
Assists 27 33
Steals 10 6
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 21 11
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST
15 PTS, 20 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Bulls 24-49 2225291995
home team logo Pistons 33-40 36302922117
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 24-49 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pistons 33-40 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Valentine SF PPG RPG APG FG%
A. Tolliver PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Valentine SF 18 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
A. Tolliver PF 25 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
40.2 FG% 49.4
31.4 3PT FG% 38.1
66.7 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 27 18 3 3 1 0 2 1 7/14 4/7 0/0 1 2 26 -17
N. Vonleh 25 12 6 1 3 0 3 2 5/13 1/5 1/2 3 3 20 -9
C. Payne 27 10 4 3 1 0 0 4 4/10 1/5 1/2 1 3 21 -16
J. Holiday 21 5 4 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 4 10 -11
R. Lopez 17 4 3 1 0 1 1 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 2 1 9 -19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 27 18 3 3 1 0 2 1 7/14 4/7 0/0 1 2 26 -17
N. Vonleh 25 12 6 1 3 0 3 2 5/13 1/5 1/2 3 3 20 -9
C. Payne 27 10 4 3 1 0 0 4 4/10 1/5 1/2 1 3 21 -16
J. Holiday 21 5 4 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 4 10 -11
R. Lopez 17 4 3 1 0 1 1 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 2 1 9 -19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Nwaba 25 13 7 1 1 0 1 5 5/12 1/3 2/3 1 6 22 -12
J. Grant 22 10 3 10 1 0 0 1 4/10 2/3 0/0 1 2 34 -11
B. Portis 25 10 4 4 1 0 3 5 5/13 0/3 0/0 0 4 20 -18
C. Felicio 19 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 4/6 0/0 2/2 4 5 23 +9
R. Arcidiacono 10 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 4 -3
P. Zipser 16 0 1 2 0 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 -3
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 44 27 10 1 12 21 39/97 11/35 6/9 14 30 192 -110
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 21 15 3 1 0 0 2 0 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 3 18 +10
A. Drummond 35 15 20 4 4 4 0 0 6/9 0/0 3/4 7 13 51 +20
R. Bullock 29 14 0 3 0 0 2 0 5/9 4/7 0/0 0 0 18 +19
B. Griffin 26 10 4 9 0 0 4 1 4/8 2/5 0/0 1 3 28 +17
S. Johnson 12 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 1 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 21 15 3 1 0 0 2 0 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 3 18 +10
A. Drummond 35 15 20 4 4 4 0 0 6/9 0/0 3/4 7 13 51 +20
R. Bullock 29 14 0 3 0 0 2 0 5/9 4/7 0/0 0 0 18 +19
B. Griffin 26 10 4 9 0 0 4 1 4/8 2/5 0/0 1 3 28 +17
S. Johnson 12 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 1 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 25 25 6 1 0 1 0 3 8/15 6/12 3/3 1 5 34 +14
J. Ennis III 24 13 3 1 0 0 0 2 5/9 0/3 3/4 0 3 18 +8
L. Kennard 26 13 3 6 1 1 1 2 5/9 1/3 2/2 0 3 29 +7
I. Smith 22 12 1 7 1 0 1 1 5/9 1/4 1/1 0 1 27 +14
D. Buycks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
E. Moreland 4 0 5 1 0 1 1 2 0/3 0/0 0/0 3 2 7 -5
L. Galloway 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -2
H. Ellenson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 117 49 33 6 7 13 11 43/87 16/42 15/18 12 37 232 +110