Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Wednesday, December 2nd
Game 2: Thursday, December 31st
Game 3: Monday, January 11th
Game 4: Sunday, March 28th

Bulls 110

(35-38, 14-23 away)

Pistons 103

(23-50, 16-21 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    6:00 PM ET, March 28, 2010

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 28 34 22 26110
    DET 22 22 32 27103

    Top Performers

    Chi: D. Rose 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Det: R. Hamilton 29 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Murray scores 23 as Bulls beat Pistons again

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Chicago Bulls needed a win Sunday to boost their chances of a playoff spot.

    They found the perfect opponent.

    Flip Murray scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists, and the Bulls beat the hapless Detroit Pistons 110-103.

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    Chicago trails Toronto by a half-game for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

    "We know we need to play some good basketball right now," Rose said. "It's here now. We just have to keep it going, focus and play defense."

    The Pistons have lost eight straight and 15 of 17. The victory gave the Bulls, who are seven games under .500 against the rest of the NBA, their first season sweep of Detroit since the Michael Jordan-led team that won 72 games in 1995-96. They have now beaten the Pistons seven straight times.

    "It's a privilege to play this game, and it is an honor to coach it, and you need to take advantage of every game you have," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "I thought we would have a little more pep tonight."

    Brad Miller added 17 points for Chicago, while Hakim Warrick scored 14 off the bench.

    "That's our team. We share the ball and we don't know who the hot guy is going to be each night," Miller said. "We can't afford to lose any more games, especially with playing New Jersey last night and Detroit tonight. All we can do now is win."

    Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 29 points, while Rodney Stuckey overcame a twisted ankle to add 20. Hamilton also twisted his ankle late in the game, and Kuester was unsure of their status for Wednesday's game against Miami.

    "I think I'll be OK -- it is sore, but I'll get it taken care of tomorrow," Stuckey said. "We just aren't getting the job done right now. We're late on a lot of defensive plays."

    Detroit scored the game's first five points, but that was the highlight of the night for the free-falling Pistons. The Bulls put together a 31-11 run to take a 62-44 halftime lead.

    "We just don't have a very big margin of error, so we can't dig ourselves a hole like we did in the second quarter," Kuester said.

    A 32-point third quarter got the Pistons back within single digits, but they couldn't hit enough shots in the fourth period to pose a serious threat.

    "I thought we got a little stagnant and a little cautious in the second half, but we got some stops when we needed them," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got great production from Hakim and Flip, Derrick attacked the basket and Brad was effective. It was a great team effort."

    Game notes

    Detroit is 2-14 against the Central Division, with both wins coming against Milwaukee. Besides being swept by the Bulls for the first time in 14 years, they were swept by Indiana for the first time in franchise history. ... Murray, a former Piston, outscored former Bull Ben Gordon 23-3. Murray is making approximately one-sixth of Gordon's salary this season. ... Hamilton and Kuester both picked up technicals for arguing calls. ... James Johnson returned for Chicago after missing the last game with a strained foot.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 103
    FGM-FGA 39-71 (.549) 35-79 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 9-27 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 27-34 (.794) 24-26 (.923)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-37 7-31
    Assists 24 23
    Turnovers 12 10
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 14 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 24 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 21 5

    Top Performers

    Derrick Rose Rose
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 29
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0