Chicago's defense was in common form, holding Detroit to 41 percent shooting, locking down the three-point line so that the Pistons barely had a chance to think about shooting, out-rebounding the taller Pistons squad and forcing silly mistakes by the younger, inexperienced Detroit team.
It was a dirty, gritty game, punctuated by the likes of Jimmy Butler's stellar defense and a scoring streak from Nate Robinson, so you know it was a different one, even if the score was familiar for this stout Chicago team.
In an act of defiance, Tom Thibodeau was actually relying on the team's bench later on, running out a lineup of Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Butler, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah.
Oddly enough, that squad was able to extend Chicago's lead, and even dominate at some points during the game.
This Chicago team is capable of spotting opponents big leads, and eventually digging in its heels and refusing to allow another point until it's leading, which is pretty much what the Bulls did in this one.
Let's take a look at who was most responsible for the outcome in Chicago, and toss around a grade or two.