D.J. Augustin scored 24 points off the bench, Carlos Boozer added 18 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons, 106-98, Friday night at the United Center, overcoming a monster 26-point, 26-rebound performance by Andre Drummond for their seventh straight win.
With the victory coupled by a Toronto Raptors loss to the New York Knicks, the Bulls moved into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference. They also clinched homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Chicago got off to an incredibly slow start, missing shots at the rim and displaying an inability to get stops on the defensive end. By halftime, the Pistons led 56-38, and Drummond already had 12 points and 19 boards.
The Bulls then proceeded to outscore Detroit 68-42 the rest of the way, going on a 20-3 run to start the fourth quarter.
Joakim Noah came up four points short of his second straight double-double, recording 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Drummond's dominant performance was wasted in the loss. Twelve of his 26 boards came on the offensive glass, and he shot 11-of-17 from the floor. He also collected three steals.
Rodney Stuckey added 22 points for the Pistons.
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