Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Tuesday, December 23rd
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Pistons104
Game 2: Tuesday, February 10th
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Bulls107
Game 3: Tuesday, March 24th
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Bulls99
Game 4: Monday, April 13th
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Pistons88

Bulls 98

(13-15, 3-12 away)

Pistons 104

(15-11, 8-5 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    8:00 PM ET, December 23, 2008

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 19 26 24 2998
    DET 32 26 22 24104

    Top Performers

    Chi: T. Thomas 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Det: R. Stuckey 40 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Stuckey scores 40 as Pistons overcome loss of Iverson

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons traded Chauncey Billups because they believed Rodney Stuckey was ready to become a big contributor.

    On this night, he showed they were right.

    Fast Facts

    • Rodney Stuckey scored a career-high 40 to offset an injury to Allen Iverson.

    • Iverson finished 0-for-7. He has made at least two field goals in 99.8 percent of his 854 games, the second highest percentage behind Michael Jordan in NBA history.

    • The Bulls have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games.

    -- ESPN research

    Stuckey scored a career-high 40 points Tuesday to help the Pistons overcome an injury to Allen Iverson in a 104-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

    "We came out slow in the third quarter and I knew I had to pick it up," said Stuckey, who topped his previous career high by 13 points. "My teammates were finding me, I was getting to the basket and getting to the free-throw line and I scored 40 points. I was just taking what the defense gave me."

    Stuckey has been Detroit's best player since coach Michael Curry moved him into the starting lineup seven games ago.

    "I've always felt, even last year, that he was ready to start," Curry said. "Tonight, he was dictating the game. He wants to be an All-Star, and he's working in that direction."

    The Pistons are 11-11 since Iverson joined the team, but they didn't need much from him against Chicago. The star guard managed only five points, sitting out most of the second half with a groin strain. He shot 0-for-7 from the field and made five of six free throws -- only the second time in his career that he didn't make a field goal in a game.

    The Pistons announced afterward that Iverson was day-to-day.

    "Hopefully, with a couple days' rest, he'll be able to go on Friday," Curry said.

    Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit. Richard Hamilton scored 14, while Antonio McDyess added 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

    "Stuckey did an awesome job tonight," Hamilton said. "We know he's capable, because of his aggressiveness and how he attacks the basket. Tonight, he had his jump shot rolling and he wasn't forcing shots. That's the great thing about it."

    Larry Hughes led the Bulls with 19 points, while Andres Nocioni and Ben Gordon had 18 each before fouling out. Derrick Rose also fouled out, with 10 points.

    Detroit led by as many as 19 in the second quarter, but needed Prince's runner at the buzzer to take a 58-45 lead into halftime.

    "We just dug ourselves too much of a hole again," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We tried to make a run, but the foul trouble really hurt us."

    The Bulls got back into the game by scoring the first 12 points of the third period, helped by eight straight misses by the Pistons.

    Stuckey ended the drought with a 3-pointer, then hit a layup to put the Pistons up 64-57. By that point, Nocioni, Gordon and Rose were all on the bench with four fouls.

    Hamilton's three-point play gave the Pistons a 10-point lead with 9:40 to play, and Rose picked up his fifth foul seconds later.

    "They must have looked like fouls, because they kept calling them," said Rose, who played 21 minutes before fouling out. "It was tough to have to spend so much of the game on the bench."

    The Bulls had one last chance, but Rose missed an open 3-pointer with 3:40 left and Prince dunked on the other end to seal it.

    "This was a frustrating game, because I feel like we gave away another opportunity," Del Negro said. "Stuckey was the difference -- we couldn't control him and he killed us."

    Game notes


    Iverson had eight assists in 24 minutes. ... Gordon hit a halfcourt shot at the end of the first quarter, but the officials waved it off after viewing the replay. ... Detroit's Rasheed Wallace got his NBA-high 11th technical foul in the third quarter. ... Tyrus Thomas hit the second 3-pointer of his career as the Bulls tried to rally in the last minute. ... Iverson went 0-for-7 for Philadelphia against Cleveland on April 2, 1999. He played only 12 minutes in that one after clashing with then-76ers coach Larry Brown.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHI
    DET
    Points 98 104
    FGM-FGA 36-76 (.474) 36-85 (.424)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 20-24 (.833) 27-36 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-46 16-44
    Assists 23 26
    Turnovers 16 9
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 19 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

    Top Performers

    Chicago
    Detroit
    Tyrus Thomas Thomas
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Rodney Stuckey Stuckey
    Points: 40
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0