There was some concern that the Detroit Pistons' activity at the trade deadline would disrupt some of the team chemistry. It didn't help that the Pistons would have to play the East's No. 3 seed with a depleted roster and a rookie starting point guard against former MVP Derrick Rose.
Psh. PSE. No problem.
The Pistons overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulls at The Palace on Friday night, 100 - 91. Spencer Dinwiddie, making his first career NBA start, scored a career high 12 points and nearly had a double-double with nine assists opposite only two turnovers. He was matched up with Rose all night and ... wait for the pun ... was a thorn in his side all night. Rose finished with just eight points and SIX turnovers. He capped his night off with an airball, like a fallen petal.
Andre Drummond, fresh off the All-Star break with a fresh haircut, had his 13th 20-rebound game, adding 18 points to go with those. The Bulls played Hack-a-Dre with under three minutes left, but it didn't matter.
Greg Monroe finished with 20 points and six rebounds. With the Pistons up seven with four minutes left in the game, he had a huge block on Taj Gibson from behind. Less than a minute later, Monroe hit an MJ (Moose J) fadeaway jumper along the baseline as the shot clock was running out to put the Pistons up nine.
-- Pistons outscored the Bulls 32-15 in the third quarter. Monroe had eight points on perfect shooting. Dinwiddie had five points and five assists in the frame.
-- Caron Butler started at SF. Kyle Singler, as you know, was traded to OKC in the Reggie Jackson trade.
-- The Butlers really did do it. Jimmy Butler had 30 points. Caron Butler had 20 points.
-- Reggie Jackson was active all night on the bench, cheering on his new teammates at every opportunity. He seems excited to be on the team. Cool to see.
-- The Pistons only dressed 10.
-- The Pistons are 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed.
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