GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Rasheed Wallace had 15 points and
eight rebounds and the Detroit Pistons, under new coach Flip
Saunders, beat the Chicago Bulls 87-76 on Tuesday night in the NBA
preseason opener for both teams.
Saunders, who came to Detroit during the offseason from
Minnesota, replaced Larry Brown, now with the New York Knicks. It
was the Pistons' first appearance since losing to the San Antonio
Spurs in Game 7 of last season's NBA Finals.
Michael Sweetney had 17 points and Tyson Chandler had 14
rebounds for Chicago, which is coming off its first playoff
appearance in seven years.
With the Pistons leading 45-37 at halftime, Wallace scored 10
points in the third quarter as Detroit took a 67-53 lead. Ronald
Dupree's field goal and free throw early in the fourth quarter gave
the Pistons a 74-57 lead.
Chicago cut it to 78-71, but a layup by Darko Milicic and
3-pointer by Maurice Evans, who finished with 12 points, sealed the
Reserve guard Carlos Delfino scored four consecutive points and
Evans followed with a free throw midway in the second quarter to
give Detroit its largest lead of the half, 45-29.
Ben Wallace had 11 points and seven rebounds for Detroit.