Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/11

Game 1: Tuesday, October 11th
Bulls76Final
Pistons87

Bulls 76

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Pistons 87

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2005

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    CHI 17 20 16 2376
    DET 27 18 22 2087

    DETROIT 87, CHICAGO 76 

    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 victory.

    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.

    Lindsey Hunter (ankle) didn't play for Detroit, while Chicago was missing Chris Duhon (groin), Eric Piatkowski (knee) and Darius Songaila (shoulder).

    There was a crowd of 11,130 at Van Andel Arena.

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