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Chicago Bulls

Markkanen’s 24 points leads Bulls past Pistons

The Bulls' Lauri Markkanen looks to shoot over the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond during the second half Wednesday at the United Center.
The Bulls' Lauri Markkanen looks to shoot over the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond during the second half Wednesday at the United Center.

CHICAGO – Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points to bust out of a slump, Wendell Carter Jr. had 12 points and 15 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons, 109-89, on Wednesday night.

It was Markkanen’s first 20-point game since scoring 35 points on opening night. Tomas Satoransky and Shaquille Harrison each had 15 points as the Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak.

Derrick Rose had 18 points and Blake Griffin – in just his third game of the season – added 16 as the Pistons dropped their fifth straight.

The Bulls won the first meeting between the teams, 112-106, on Nov. 1, also at the United Center.

Detroit’s Andre Drummond finished with six points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with six minutes to go. Drummond had 25 points and 24 rebounds against the Bulls three weeks ago.

Markkanen, who entered the game shooting only 36.2% from the field, had 15 first-half points on 5-for-8 shooting (including 2 for 2 on 3-pointers) as the Bulls took a 59-55 halftime lead.

That included an incredible six points on one possession late in the second quarter. Markkanen hit a 3-pointer while being fouled by Drummond, who was assessed a flagrant foul after review. Markkanen hit the free throw to complete the four-point play and then scored on a driving layup after the Bulls inbounded the ball.

That stretch snapped a tie at 51 and gave the Bulls a 57-51 lead with 1:55 left.

The Bulls took an 84-71 lead after three quarters and then stretched it to 89-71 on five quick points by Thaddeus Young. The Bulls coasted from there. Markkanen hit a 3 with about 5½ minutes to play for a 99-77 lead, the Bulls’ biggest of the game.

Deng honored: Luol Deng, who signed a one-day contract with the Bulls last month before retiring, was honored during the game. The 6-foot-9 forward played the first 10 of his 15 NBA seasons with the Bulls after being selected with the seventh pick of the 2004 draft.

“It’s what makes sense,” Deng said. “Chicago means a lot to me. When you look back, coming here as a young kid, a young man, 19 ... there’s a lot of history here and I wanted it to end the right way.”

A video tribute was played during a timeout in the second quarter and several of Deng’s former Bulls teammates – including Joakim Noah and Ben Gordon – attended the game. Deng said he picked this game because he wanted Rose to be present as well.

Bulls notes: Forward Otto Porter (left foot) will be sidelined an additional two-plus weeks after a follow-up MRI taken on Tuesday revealed a bone bruise that wasn’t discovered in the first MRI two weeks ago. Porter will be re-evaluated in two weeks … Forward Chandler Hutchison, who had been starting in Porter’s absence, sat out with inflammation in both shins ... Guard Coby White played despite spraining an ankle in pregame warmups.

Pistons: Guard Reggie Jackson (lumbar stress reaction) missed his 12th straight game. Forward Tony Snell (left hip strain) and guard Khyri Thomas (right foot stress reaction) also sat out.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night following a winless three-game road trip.

Bulls: Host the Miami Heat on Friday night to conclude a four-game homestand.

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