Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Wednesday, December 22nd
Game 2: Monday, January 3rd
Game 3: Saturday, January 22nd
Game 4: Monday, April 11th

Bulls 100

(19-19, 6-10 away)

Pistons 89

(23-17, 13-7 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 24 20 28 28100
    DET 24 23 21 2189

    Top Performers

    Chi: K. Hinrich 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Det: R. Hamilton 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hinrich's 24 points, 9 dimes lead the way

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons aren't upset at losing two home games to the Chicago Bulls in a month. They just don't like that the Bulls did it by beating them at their own game.

    Kirk Hinrich had 24 points and nine assists to lead Chicago to a 100-89 victory over the Pistons on Saturday night.

    "We're about rock bottom right now," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "We didn't match their energy and we didn't match their execution. That blows my mind, because that's how we won a championship last year."

    It was Chicago's second victory at the Palace since Dec. 22 after not having won there in three years. Chicago hadn't won twice in Detroit in one season since 1995-96.

    "It feels good to come in here and beat a great team like Detroit," Hinrich said. "I think it shows that we are becoming mentally tougher and showing some maturity."

    Eddy Curry added 15 for the Bulls before fouling out and Antonio Davis had 14.

    "Detroit's one of the best teams in the league," Curry said. "This shows that we can play with teams like that."

    The win moves Chicago to .500 (19-19) for the first time this late in a season since 1998, but Bulls coach Scott Skiles wasn't celebrating.

    "To do things, you've got to get to .500, but it is what you do after you get there that is important," he said. "We aren't even halfway through the season. Let's see what we do from here."

    Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 32, including 16 in the first quarter, but only scored seven in the second half. Hamilton was a game-time decision with a bruised right thigh.

    The Pistons led 47-44 at the half thanks to Hamilton, who shot 8-for-10 from the field and made eight of nine free throws, but Chicago quickly went ahead after intermission.

    The Bulls attacked the basket, including a spectacular dunk by Antonio Davis over Ben Wallace, and built a 68-60 lead.

    Chicago led 72-68 at the end of the third quarter, but Carlos Arroyo scored the first four points of the fourth to tie it. Arroyo, acquired Friday from Utah for Elden Campbell, was making his Pistons debut.

    The Pistons took a brief lead, but the Bulls scored the next nine points, five by Hinrich, to go up 81-74.

    Detroit got to 83-80, but Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace were called for technical fouls in a span of 20 seconds for arguing calls, and Hinrich made all three free throws. The Pistons never seriously threatened again.

    "I think we just lost our poise," Brown said. "There's a time and place for that, and that wasn't it."

    Billups agreed that he and his teammates chose the wrong time to make a protest.

    "We have to learn to play through stuff like that, but it is easier said than done," he said. "When you feel you aren't getting the calls you should be, it gets very frustrating, and you saw that tonight."

    Game notes

    Arroyo entered the game late in the first quarter and finished with five points and five assists in 17 minutes. ... Ben Wallace, who only had three rebounds in Friday's loss in Milwaukee, had four in the first quarter against Chicago. He finished with 13. ... Tayshaun Prince needed attention from the trainers after being accidentally elbowed in the head by Tyson Chandler in the last 90 seconds, but stayed in the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 89
    FGM-FGA 38-77 (.494) 31-73 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 2-7 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 25-33 (.758)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-36 19-44
    Assists 25 16
    Turnovers 14 17
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 8 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 23 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 13 5

    Top Performers

    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0