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Bulls run out of gas in Detroit

Bulls fall to 42-29 on the season

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By Sam Smith | 3.21.2015 | 8:47 p.m. CT

The Bulls Saturday gave up a 19-point third quarter lead and got run over in the fourth quarter in a 107-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The Bulls fell to 42-29 and 20-15 on the road with their second straight loss to the 25-44 Pistons.

The Bulls were led by Pau Gasol with 27 points and 10 rebounds and 19 points from Aaron Brooks. The Pistons got 22 points from Reggie Jackson, who led the comeback as the Bulls tired out with 12 fourth quarter points.

It was a difficult start for the Bulls, falling behind 13-4 as they were being outplayed on the boards with second shots and being beaten down court. Brooks enabled the Bulls to hang in but still trail 30-20 after one. But the Bulls with Taj Gibson dominating inside and Brooks continuing his good shooting moved out to a 56-44 halftime lead with a 23-4 run to open the second quarter. The Bulls then collapsed in the third quarter with everything going their way as they went ahead by 19 and had Detroit in the penalty with more than eigth minutes left. But the Pistons went on a 14-0 run and took an 80-79 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Observations:

1. Taj Gibson continued to show the energy of a month to recuperate with aggressive and forceful play in the post, a hopeful sign with Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose due back from long stays out with injuries.

2. Aaron Brooks is one of the best taking on challenges. When guards go at him like Reggie Jackson did early, it seems to enliven Brooks, who had 15 first half points and a trio of three pointers. Though Jackson came back strong in the third quarter with 17 points.

3. Joakim Noah flirted with a tripe double once again even as reaching double figures in points was the most difficult. Noah is the only center in the top 30 in the NBA in assists.