FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER:
Bulls 109, Detroit 89 (Bulls: 5-10, 3-5 at home).
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 24 pts. Detroit: Rose: 18pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 15. Detroit: Drummond: 14
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 7. Detroit: Brown: 6.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Rebounds: Bulls 55-46. 3pt % Bulls: 14-27 52%
IN THE LOCKER ROOM: Coach Boylen: "Lauri has fought through things and stayed positive and worked. Just keep working at it. There's no secret sauce. He fought his way through and kept working. I'm happy for him."
GAME BALLS: Shaq Harrison: 15-11-5. His third career double-double, his second as a Bull. Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points going to the line 11 times. Wendell Carter Jr. recorded his ninth double-double on the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
RECAP: The Bulls held the Pistons to 22% shooting in the second half. Lauri Markkanen was rock solid posting 24 points and 6 rebounds. His ability to get to the line opened up his game. Shaq Harrison starting in place of the injured Chandler Hutchison (shins) came through with all-out hustle and tenacious defense. The Bulls held Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond to a combined 7 of 25.
Up Next: Home with Miami Friday.
BULLS INJURY UPDATE: Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI on Tuesday, Nov. 19, of his left foot which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms. Porter will continue his current course of treatment and be reassessed in two weeks.
BULLS HONOR DENG: Luol Deng was honored during the game for his contributions on and off the court as the former Bull officially announced his retirement in Chicago. On behalf of everyone with the Bulls organization we appreciate everything Luol has done and will continue to do to assist the Chicago community and his charitable and philanthropic efforts on a global stage.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Our CCI, "Game of the Night" in the Association saw the Clippers outlast the Celtics at Staples Center, 107-104 in OT. The Kawhi Leonard and Paul George era is underway. The two combined for 42 points. Patrick Beverly grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. Lou Williams tossed in 27. The Clippers improved to 9-1 at home. The Celtics have played nine of their 14 games on the road and play at Denver tomorrow night to cap off a five-game Western trip.
Dallas 142, Golden State 94: Luka Doncic recorded his seventh triple-double in 14 games posting 35-10-11 numbers in ONLY 25 minutes. Seriously? Yes, we are. The Warriors are an NBA worst 3-13.
Miami 124, Cleveland 100: Duncan Robinson put on a show for his former Michigan coach scoring a career-high 29 points for the Heat. Robinson went 9-15 from three-point range. The Heat improved to 10-3, tying their best 13 game start in team history.
Philadelphia 109, New York 104: Ben Simmons hit a three! Simmons first career three ball in his 172nd NBA game He entered the game 0-17 behind the arc.
Washington 138, San Antonio 132: We do know this, the Wizards can score. The Spurs have dropped seven straight. Bradley Beal went 9 for 9 in the third quarter scoring 21 points in the period and 33 on the night.
Milwaukee 135, Atlanta 127: Giannis Antetokounmpo with 33 points and 11 rebounds. The Bucks have won five straight and nine of ten games. The Hawks have lost five of their last six games and fell to 4-10.
Brooklyn 101, Charlotte 91: The Nets' Jarrett Allen with a monster game of 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Utah 103, Minnesota 95: The combo of Bogdanovic and Mitchell totaled 56 points.
Toronto 113, Orlando 97: The Magic lost both Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon to right ankle injuries in the second quarter. The Raps are 6-0 in Toronto.
Denver 105, Houston 95: The Nuggets are 7-0 when keeping an opponent under 100 points. Denver "held" James Harden to 27 points.
The Blazers waived veteran Pau Gasol who was unable to rehab his injured foot following surgery. He may remain with the organization as a coach.
Always a pleasure.