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The Pistons got out to a big lead in the first half, but the Bulls narrowed the gap near the half.
The Chicago Bulls shot 48 percent from the field in the first half of Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons but still found themselves down 55-50 at half. That's because Detroit shot 54 percent from the field -- including 4-7 from three -- and 11-12 from the free throw line.
The Bulls were led in scoring and rebounding by Joakim Noah, who put up 12 points and 10 boards. Chicago's other double figure scorer was Carlos Boozer, who scored 10 points but picked up just one rebound and one assist. Rodney Stuckey led all scorers, though, with 15 points on 5-5 shooting to go along with five assists. Brandon Knight put up 12 points going against Chicago's backup guard tandem of Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli, and Greg Monroe chipped in with seven points and four rebounds.
If the Bulls can keep up this rate of offensive production, they should have a chance to come back in the second half if their defense corrects itself to its normal level.