Pistons drop NBA game on MLK Holiday to the Bulls

Chicago defeats the Pistons 111 - 101

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

19th January, 2016     0

The Detroit Pistons dropped a tough contest to the Chicago Bulls 111 - 101 on Martin Luther King Day at the Palace.   Coming off the biggest win of the season a few days earlier against the top team in the NBA Golden State Warriors the Pistons fell flat.   The Pistons totally handled the Warriors and looked to beat a good Chicago Bulls team in the national showcase.   With the NBA Commissioner in attendance at the Palace the Pistons played a good first half only trailing 56-53.

Chicago Bull center Pau Gasol would have a monster game against the Pistons with 31 points and 12 rebounds.  Detroit would draw 3 technical fouls during the game and see Kentavious Caldwell-Pope get ejected in the 2nd half of the game.   After his departure things went downhill for the Pistons.   Detroit would have three players have a solid performance with Ersan Ilyasova leading the way with 19 points followed by Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris both with 18 points.  

The Palace is now enjoying some of the heyday from the early 2000's with large crowds again.   With a sellout against Golden State the Pistons had 18,935 fans in house on MLK Day.    The Piston's record now stands at 22-19 good for 3rd place in the Central Division behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.   The Pistons are clearly making a run for the NBA playoffs and are now playing decent basketball under Head Coach Stan VanGundy.   

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