Bulls seek second win over Pistons in four days

The Chicago Bulls seek their first 3-0 start since 2016-17 on Saturday when they host the Detroit Pistons on the second leg of a back-to-back set.The Bulls cruised to a 128-112 rout of the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Chicago’s perimeter trio led the way with Zach LaVine scoring 32 points, DeMar DeRozan adding 26 points and Lonzo Ball recording a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while facing his former team.”We as an organization have always liked him as a player,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of Ball.The 23-year-old point guard was acquired in a sign-and-trade with New Orleans, joining DeRozan as one of Chicago’s marquee additions in the offseason.The Bulls added the two-time All-NBA selection DeRozan from the San Antonio Spurs in a sign-and-trade deal. With the duo joining LaVine in the backcourt, Chicago hopes to push for its first playoff appearance in five years.Friday marked the debut of the new-look lineup in front of a United Center crowd, as Chicago welcomed back a capacity audience for the first time since March 10, 2020.”It was a great environment,” said Donovan, who coached his first season with the Bulls playing with no fans or limited crowds due to COVID-19. “If we can play well, you end up making it a very exciting building to play in.”Chicago opened the season on Wednesday with a 94-88 win over the Pistons in Detroit. LaVine scored 34 points that night, and teammate Nikola Vucevic recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds.”You’ve got to make sure he works to catch it, and he’s got to feel bodies on him to get open to make a play,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said, according to the Detroit News, of defending LaVine. “Physicality without fouling is huge.”

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