After earning a victory in front of the fans at the United Center who returned to action for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Bulls improved to 29-39 on the season with a 108-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, May 9, on the road.
The Bulls were led by their Big 3 of Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and Coby White. LaVine led all scorers with 30 points, Vucevic finished second in scoring with 29 points, and White added 21 points.
“We know the challenge right now, and we came in with a lot of energy,” said LaVine via ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing like this if we want a chance to keep our season alive.”
In the first half, the Bulls outscored the Pistons 28-18 in the first quarter and 29-21 in the second quarter to help build a 57-39 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Bulls were outscored 57-51 to close out the game.
The Bulls kept their playoff chances alive on Sunday night with another victory against an Eastern Conference opponent. The Bulls swept the Pistons 3-0 in the series regular season finale. The Bulls have only five games left in the 2021 NBA regular season
The Bulls only remain 2-1/2 games out of the Eastern Conference 10th playoff spot.
“Those three really work well together, especially the way Coby and Vucevic have learnedhow to play off each other,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan via ESPN. “I’d still rather have games where we have seven guys in double figures than relying just on those three, but they got it done tonight.”
Final Score: Bulls 108, Pistons 96.
Chicago Crusader Players of The Game:
Zach LaVine, Bulls, scored a game-high 30 points against the Pistons on Sunday.
Nikola Vucevic, Bulls, finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds to post his 15 double-double of the season.
Coby White, Bulls, added 21 points.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.