Bulls point guard Kris Dunn had a strong game against the Pistons

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

As a team, the Bulls shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 33 from the three-point line but neither team could really gain any separation until the final minute in the second overtime period where the Bulls scored six points to finish on top.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen hit the go-ahead jumper with 68 seconds remaining as the Chicago Bulls edged the Detroit Pistons 107-105 Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago.

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

2-HALFWAY HOME - Saturday's game marked the halfway point of the Pistons season and they finished with a 22-19 record, four games ahead of last year's pace at the midway point.


Guard Zach LaVine made his season and Bulls debut, capping an 11-month journey back to the court after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee suffered while playing for the Timberwolves. LaVine, who last season averaged 18.9 points in 47 contests, hadn't played since he suffered a torn ACL against Detroit on February 3. Every game he has at least a steal that leads to a dunk.

Avery Bradley scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 21 and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its sixth road game in seven tries. First-round pick Frank Ntilikna was an unknown, an 18-year-old point guard from France having been selected with the eighth overall pick, one slot ahead of North Carolina State's ultra-athletic lead guard Dennis Smith Jr. "In the first half, we just didn't close". Against the Pistons, Kris Dunn had 18 points on 7 for 13 shooting. Last season he didn't really play a lot.

After Dunn's 16-footer with 3:11 left made it 102-101 Chicago, Harris gave Detroit a one-point lead with a layup on the next possession.

Pistons: Forward Stanley Johnson sat out with a sore right hip flexor after missing practice on Friday. I don't know if it's necessarily a pain thing. He played the first 4:03 and didn't return until the start of the second quarter.

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