Pistons vs. Bulls: Score, Reaction and Highlights for 4OT Game

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIDecember 19, 2015

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) dunks between Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) and Anthony Tolliver (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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In the first marathon game of the 2015-16 NBA season, the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 147-144 in quadruple overtime Friday night at the United Center.

Chicago's Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 43 points, while Andre Drummond led the way for Detroit with 33 points and 21 rebounds.

It was the first 30-point, 20-rebound game by a Piston since Dennis Rodman in the 1990-91 season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

How big of a night was it for Drummond? He played almost half of his minutes under the threat of fouling out, per SB Nation's Detroit Bad Boys:

Detroit Bad Boys ☠ @detroitbadboys

Drummond played 55 minutes. ~25 of them with 5 fouls

While the contest was finishing up, the Golden State Warriors were looking for revenge against the Milwaukee Bucks. Frank Madden of Brew Hoop commented on the absurd Bulls-Pistons game while the Warriors were struggling at home versus the Bucks:

Frank @fmaddenNBA

I can only assume the Warriors are screwing around like this because they know Basketball Twitter is still watching Bulls-Pistons.

The game brought back memories of the old days, when basketball was an offensive clinic made up of high-scoring ridiculousness. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer took everyone backway backin time:

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

The ABA broke out in Pistons-Bulls tonight. Fun to watch.

Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points (even though it took a career-high 34 shots to get there), while Pau Gasol chipped in with 30 for Chicago. Detroit, meanwhile, had all five starters score in double figures. Reggie Jackson had 31 points, and Marcus Morris added 20.

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The story for the Bulls was the play of Butler. The All-Star guard shot 14-of-29 from the floor, 14-of-16 from the free-throw line and had this one-handed dunk in the second overtime period, courtesy of NBA TV:


.@JimmyButler still has legs in double OT. https://t.co/nUIB8EaqOU

Bettor Haralabos Voulgaris came to the conclusion, like the rest of us, that Butler is not human:

As great as this game was, Twitter had some fun with the onslaught of points. NBA Tonight host Cassidy Hubbarth hit it right on the button:

Cassidy Hubbarth @CassidyHubbarth

This Pistons-Bulls game.... https://t.co/TjjVgdcvG3

This game appeared as if it would not end. Someone please check on ESPN's Zach Lowe to see if he's OK:

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA


Oh, well. Looks like it was too late for the SpongeBob Sports account:

SpongeBob Sports @SpongeBobSports

Waiting for the Pistons-Bulls game to end https://t.co/vecGP69STh

Even the Atlanta Hawks had time to catch the end of this game after defeating the Boston Celtics:

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

Got the win, now watching Pistons/Bulls like: https://t.co/weZEjGmtT4

The viewing experience turned out to be a fun one for all. The Pistons are an up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference and showed their toughness with a win over a good Bulls team.


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