Regular Season Series (Game 1 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

Pistons 85

(6-12, 2-8 away)

Bulls 92

(7-9, 5-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    8:00 PM ET, December 2, 2009

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 10 28 19 2885
    CHI 24 24 26 1892

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Stuckey 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast

    Chi: D. Rose 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Salmons, Bulls get best of Pistons in Gordon return

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- Ben Gordon shrugged off the boos that poured down from the stands every time he touched the ball. He expected them on his return to the United Center after leaving the Chicago Bulls and signing with the Detroit Pistons.

    "It is what it is. It's not like I won the championship while I was here or anything," Gordon said Wednesday night after his former team, the Bulls, beat the Pistons 92-85.

    Fast Facts

    • The Bulls snapped a five-game losing streak with their fourth straight win over the Pistons

    • Ben Gordon had 18 points, but five fouls, in his return to Chicago.

    • Joakim Noah hauled in 14 rebounds and has 31 in his last two games.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "I just had a couple of good years, so I wasn't surprised at all. ... I expected that, seeing past players come back after going to another team."

    Gordon actually had more than a couple of good years with the Bulls. During his career in Chicago, he was voted the NBA's top sixth man and led the Bulls in scoring his last four seasons. Then he signed a five-year, $55 million deal with the Pistons.

    "I have already moved forward. This was just another game for me. It really wasn't that big of a deal," Gordon said. "I moved on a long time ago. I have no bitter feelings toward the Bulls. I did what I had to do. It's just part of business."

    John Salmons scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 19 as the Bulls ended a five-game losing streak. After the game, several of Gordon's former teammates went up to him and offered a hug or a handshake.

    Gordon scored 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting and picked up five fouls.

    "Ben can make shots and we know his game. We just got to make it tough for him," Chicago's Luol Deng said.

    "Better to play with him than against him, I can tell you that," said Salmons. "I chased him around all game. Tough guard. Man, he's a good player."

    The Bulls used an 11-0 third-quarter run to pull out to a comfortable lead and get a victory in their first home game since a 1-5 trip, mostly to the West Coast.

    Gordon entered the game with 6:24 left in the first quarter to a mixed greeting that was mostly boos. And when he went to the line less than 2 minutes later, the boos grew louder before turning to cheers when he missed the free throw. The boos continued most of the night.

    Gordon, who missed the Pistons' previous two games with a sprained left ankle, finished the half with five points and three fouls.

    "I wasn't 100 percent, but I figured I'd go out there and make a sacrifice for the team and try to get us a win. ... We had a lot of guys out," Gordon said.

    "When he has the ball and shoots, you always think it's going in," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "You could tell he was hobbling a little with the ankle. ... He's moved on and we moved on. Ben did a lot of good things here."

    The Pistons clipped a 10-point halftime deficit to three in the third quarter before the Bulls took off. Rose drove through the lane for a hoop, Joakim Noah hit a short jumper, Salmons connected on a 3-pointer before taking a nice pass from Rose for a layup and Brad Miller followed in a shot during the 11-0 run that put the Bulls up 63-49. They led by 17 after three quarters.

    Detroit scrapped in the final quarter and whittled the lead to five with 16 seconds left on Gordon's two free throws before Miller hit a pair from the line to ice it.

    The Bulls jumped out to a 23-6 lead against the cold-shooting Pistons and led 24-10 at the end of the first quarter. Detroit, missing injured stars Richard Hamilton (ankle), Tayshaun Prince (back) and Charlie Villanueva (broken nose), shot 5 of 20 in the opening period.

    Chicago led 48-38 at the half behind 13 points from Salmons and 50 percent shooting.

    Game notes

    Noah had 14 rebounds. Miller chipped in 16 points ... The Pistons have lost eight of nine. ... Chicago's Kirk Hinrich sat out his third straight game with a sprained thumb.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 92
    FGM-FGA 30-78 (.385) 33-69 (.478)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 21-31 (.677) 22-30 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-40 12-41
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 15 18
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 13 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    Top Performers

    Rodney Stuckey Stuckey
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Derrick Rose Rose
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0