In an often ugly offensive game, the Detroit Pistons were able to play evenly with the Chicago Bulls, eventually forcing overtime. The Pistons then found another gear and scored the first seven points of the extra frame and were able to outlast the Bulls 98-94.
Both the Pistons and Bulls entered tonight’s game with a 2-0 record. The Pistons were looking to start 3-0 for the first time in seven years. Things started off well for the Pistons as they took a nine-point lead in the first quarter. After an ice-cold second quarter, shooting under 25 percent, the Pistons trailed by four points at the half. Marcus Morris dropped 15 of his 26 points in the third quarter and kept the Pistons in it while they struggled on offense.
On the other side, Nikola Mirotic was the shining star for the Bulls, scoring 22 points. Once again, the Pistons were able to swarm on defense and limited the star-studded backcourt of the Chicago Bulls.
Both teams traded blows throughout the fourth quarter, swapping the lead, with the Pistons going up as much as eight points in the final period. Derrick Rose held on for the final shot of the fourth quarter, missing the rim completely, leading to the Pistons first overtime game of the season.
In OT, the Pistons jumped up five and Reggie Jackson delivered an absolute dime to Andre Drummond for a monstrous slam, extending the Pistons lead to seven points. The Pistons held on for an exciting 98-94 victory, and now sit alone atop the Central Division.
Drummond finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds, and looks like an early favorite for Eastern Conference Player of the week.
Marcus Morris was also able to break out, scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
The unbeaten Pistons next play Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers.