The Chicago Bulls ended their three-game losing streak with 113-82 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at the United Center.
Before the game, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg gave a message for his team, encouraging them to be more competitive against the Pistons.
“Find a way to fight through this adversity,” Hoiberg said. “Stick together through good times and bad times and everything in between and go out there and play with a swagger and have some fun.”
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points while Rajon Rondo almost notched a triple-double, posting 10 points, eight rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists. Taj Gibson added 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting.
The Bulls took advantage early in the game and continued their hot shooting in the second quarter. The Pistons were unable to bounce back, resulting for the Bulls to end the first half with 69-34 lead. Rondo did his job well as a point guard helping his teammates get easy shots.
With just 16 minutes in the game, Rondo established 10 assists and five Bulls players already scored double digits. The Bulls headed into the fourth quarter with a 97-63 lead. Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy decided to rest his starters and let his reserves play.
COACH STAN VAN GUNDY “VERY DISAPPOINTED” WITH TEAM’S PERFORMANCE
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy expressed his frustration, claiming that the team has been worse since Reggie Jackson’s return.
“It looks to me like a lack of effort and a lack of heart,” Van Gundy said. “And if you don’t play hard, you’re not going to have any confidence, things aren’t going to go [your way]. We looked like we were hoping the game would be easy tonight, and it wasn’t and we just caved.”
In their game against the Bulls, the Pistons only shot 41 percent (34 of 83) from the field and 13 percent (3 of 23) from beyond the arc. The Bulls managed to capitalize on their poor defense, posting 59.8 percent (49 of 82) from the field and 50 percent (8 of 16) from the three-point range.
After the game, veteran center Aaron Baynes decided to call a players-only meeting to address their recent problem. The Pistons are currently on a three-game losing streak and showed poor defense in the past three games. Van Gundy blamed Jackson’s poor decision-making and some of his players noticed their lack of ball movement.
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