The Chicago Bulls visited the Detroit Pistons Friday night as they kicked off their second back-to-back in just five nights. Bulls center Joakim Noah made a strong case as to why he should be an All-Star selection this season, posting a career-high 30 points and 23 rebounds (10 offensive).
After a slow start by the Bulls—down by as many as 17 points—their offense picked it up throughout the second quarter, cutting the lead down to just five before heading into halftime.
The Bulls had one of their better performances of the season in the third quarter, shooting 63 percent from the floor and scoring 28 points to Detroit's 19.
Chicago closed the game out in the fourth quarter behind Noah's 12 points and eight boards.
The Bulls had one of their best offensive performances of the year, as they shot 52 percent on the night. They dominated the boards once again, out-rebounding the Pistons by 13 and scoring 23 second-chance points.
Noah and Deng's two-man game was executed to perfection; Deng found Noah cutting to the basket on several possessions. Fifty-eight of the Bulls' 108 points came in the paint, a testament to how well the players were making cuts to the basket and finding the open man inside.
It's hard to find something bad when the team played so well, but Chicago's defense wasn't as strong as it normally is. Detroit shot 51 percent from the floor (57 from beyond the arc), and Rodney Stuckey got just about every look he wanted, scoring 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Brandon Knight also had a big game, shooting over 50 percent for 21 points.
The Bulls' win over Detroit gives them their second consecutive win and lifts them to a 10-8 record.
They will host the New York Knicks on Saturday as they conclude their back-to-back.