A wonderful 2:30 pm CST start on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Chicago Bulls took a short trip north and visited the Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons, who had won the previous two matchups against the Bulls where a combined five overtimes were played, came out of the gates hot, dominating the Bulls early. Detroit had a lead that was as big as 13 points early on in the first quarter. The Bulls fought back and dwindled Detroit's lead to six at the end of the first. Pau Gasol was feasting early but was also struggling to contain Andre Drummond on the other end. The Bulls then stormed the second quarter and outscored Detroit 30-21. Gasol (15 points and five rebounds) and Jimmy Butler (nine points and six assists) lead the Bulls to a 56-53 halftime lead.
It was the Bulls bench that lead the comeback for the Bulls, with McDermott and Brooks torching the Pistons on offense. The third quarter saw a game of runs ensue, with the Bulls opening on a 6-0 run. The Pistons then went on their own run, a 10-0 run that put them in front 73-72. The Bulls then answered with another short run of their own and closed the third quarter with a 83-79 lead, with Butler and Gasol still leading the way for the Bulls. In the 4th quarter, play turned erratic to start out as the pace was electric for both teams. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ejected after receiving his second technical foul of the game (Pistons collectively got called for three technical; Drummond getting called for the other).The Bulls then put the clamps down on Detroit, killing the Pistons on the high pick-and-roll (much like the Pistons did to Chicago in the last match up). Gasol continuously torched the Pistons, securing his 22nd double-double of the season. The Bulls then cruised to a victory down the stretch, downing Detroit in what turned out to be a very nice road victory for the Bulls, who had lost four of their last five. For the Bulls, Derrick Rose notched 20 points on 9/17 shooting with four assists. Butler tallied 16 points to go along with his nine assists. Pau Gasol feasted, scoring 31 points and notched 12 rebounds. For Detroit, Andre Drummond scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Up next for Chicago, they host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.