Rose And Boozer Lead Bulls Past Pistons

CHICAGO (AP) – Derrick Rose scored 29 points and Carlos Boozer added 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95-82 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Luol Deng added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have won seven straight home games.

The Bulls erased Detroit’s 12-point halftime lead midway through the third quarter behind Boozer. He scored nine quick points with his jumper tying it at 61 with 4:54 left in the quarter.

Deng’s dunk gave the Bulls a 71-70 lead then Rose took over. He scored the final five points of the period on a three-point play and a 15-footer to give the Bulls a six-point lead.

Rose finished the quarter with 11 points.

The Bulls guard continued his run in the fourth, scoring on a nifty alley-oop dunk from Ronnie Brewer.

Boozer’s jumper gave the Bulls an 86-78 lead with 3:54 left and Brewer’s 3 a minute later put the game away.

Pistons guard Richard Hamilton played, despite his name circulating in a blockbuster three-team trade centering around Carmelo Anthony. The reported deal would reunite Chauncey Billups and Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony.

New Jersey would send rookie power forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris and others to Denver in the deal that would get them Anthony, Billups, Hamilton, Shelden Williams and Terrico White, who is injured. The Pistons would receive veteran Troy Murphy and center Johan Petro. Murphy has a nearly $12 million contract that will expire after this season.

Hamilton finished with two points off the bench in 21 minutes. He was 0-for-5 from the field.

The Pistons controlled most of the first half thanks to a breakout quarter by Austin Daye. Daye showed off his versatily with his inside out game. He drove the lane for a dunk to give Detroit a 40-31 lead then he made a 3 to give the Pistons a 55-43 lead at the half. Daye scored all 14 of his points in the second quarter, making all six of his shots.

NOTES: Pistons C Ben Wallace left the game and did not return with a sore left ankle after his ankle tangled up with Bulls C Kurt Thomas on the opening tip. … The Bulls are making a late push to get Rose voted into the All-Star game as a starter by placing placards on every seat for Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat. Rose is currently in third place for guards behind Celtics guard Rajon Rondo in the voting. The Bulls have not had a starter since Michael Jordan was selected in 1998. … Brewer finished with 11 points.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

  • HeatFan

    another win for the ‘pretender’ bulls, i really hope they don’t think that they’re back on track for something good this season. all they’re “on track” for is the 4th seed and a 1st round exit.

    meanwhile, (in real NBA basketball), the heat continue to dominate, and FYI, the heat are in 1st place in the eastern conference, so for all the nay-sayers who said that the heat were jokes when they started out 9-8, they’ve only lost 1 game since. the heat are on a tear folks, and it will continue all the way to the NBA finals where the heat will sweep whatever junk team comes out of the western conference.

    GO HEAT!!!

    • Putting Heat Flame Out

      And to add Beat Boston First… Yall soft!!!

  • v dub

    the heat are the most OVERRATED team in the history of the NBA!!

    • HeatFan

      no they are not, i believe you were thinking of the…

      1991 chicago bulls
      1992 chicago bulls
      1993 chicago bulls
      1996 chicago bulls
      1997 chicago bulls
      1998 chicago bulls

      GO HEAT!!!

  • Putting out the Heat Flame

    Are you serious Heatfan, first you had to get a stacked team to even be talked about around the league. Without it you are nothing secondly Bosh is soft as hell, Ive seen WNBA centers way tougher.. You lucky Noah is out its cool the Heat fake ass hollywood team will fall trust me!!! So have you enjoyment while you can but I’m still counting the Championship banners and rings we have ummm catch up!! And believe me Lebron is gonna regret not coming to Chicago and Wade made the dumbest decision going back when he could of came home and had the best back court the NBA would have ever seen… But we good… We got the real mvp!! Dont need no stacked team to win a ring.. Miami egos will soon set in!!!!

    • HeatFan

      sorry bulls fan, if you want to remember things over 10 years ago, go ahead, but who’s won the most recent NBA title between our teams??? yeah.

      and MVP??? LOL, rose is barely a good point guard, don’t be a biased bulls fan, please. lebron is the MVP of the league.

      bow down to the miami heat! they WILL win the next 10 NBA titles!!!!!!!!!!

      GO HEAT!!!

      • Putting Heat Flame Out!!

        LMAO, 10 no Wade knees are going going gone again BOSH is soft as hell, and Lebron is leaving yall ass hanging after 3 yrs as he did Cleveland so naw its not looking good CheatFan!!! LoL~~

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