National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups combined for 36 points in the second half, as Detroit rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Chicago, 81-74, sending the Bulls to the brink of elimination from their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Prince finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Billups had 21 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who remained perfect in the playoffs and are one win away from reaching the conference finals for a fifth straight year. Detroit outscored Chicago, 53-30 in the second half, and the Bulls shot 4-of-25 from the field in the fourth quarter. Rasheed Wallace had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Pistons, who one turnover in the second half to 10 for the Bulls. Richard Hamilton also scored 16 for the Pistons, who won their ninth straight game, going back to the regular season. That includes a first-round sweep of Orlando. Luol Deng totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which lost the first two games of the series by a combined 47 points, but seemed to be cruising to victory in Game 3. That was until the Bulls fell apart with the turnovers and missed shots in the fourth quarter. Ben Gordon had 16 points for the Bulls, who will try to avoid the sweep in Game 4 Sunday afternoon, also at the United Center. No team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of- seven series in NBA playoff history.