So the Bulls finally get back to the United Center after playing eight of their last nine games on the road (where they went a respectable 5-4) and come home to a red hot (then) 12-2 Pistons club. Who would have expected the Bulls to come out on fire and jump out to a 15-point lead?
But Rasheed Wallace, who scored just three points against the Knicks the night before, was determined to make amends for his crap performance and took it out on the Bulls - going 8-for-15, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, and finishing with a game-high 26 points.
After the hot start the Bulls managed just 35 points in the second half. Luol Deng led the Bulls again with 18 points. But the Bulls starting backcourt of Hinrich and Duhon managed just 10 points combined. Tyson Chandler followed up his 10 point, 16 rebound, 3 block performance against the Celtics with 3 points, 6 boards and NO blocks.
As a team, the Bulls shot just 39 percent from the field and 58 percent from the line. The Bulls went to the line 26 times compared to just 15 for the Pistons, but the Bulls managed just one more point from the line than Detroit.
Ironically Ben Gordon and Luol Deng, both playing off the bench, are now the Bulls two leading scorers at 14.8 and 14.1 PPG, respectively. The Bulls are the only team in the league without a 15 PPG scorer.