Pistons pound Bulls in Game 1
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton each
scored 20 points, and Detroit shut down Ben Gordon, in a 95-69 rout of the
Chicago Bulls in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Pistons nearly had all five starters in double figures again, after
doing so in each of their contests in a first-round sweep of Orlando.
Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince each added 13, while center Chris Webber,
the fifth starter, ended with five.
Gordon, who came into the game averaging 25.5 points in the playoffs, was
limited to seven on 2-of-9 shooting from the field. The Bulls, coming off a
sweep of the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, made 32.9 percent of their
Luol Deng had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich scored 15 for the
Chicago, on a mission for its first title since 1998, the last of three
straight, was also hurt by a horrendous performance from its bench. Five
reserves combined to shoot 3-of-30.
Ben Wallace, who helped the Pistons to the championship in 2004, had nine
points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Monday at The Palace.