The leaders of Chicago did their work in Paris
The Chicago Bulls team celebrated its second straight victory in the regular season of the NBA after beating the Detroit Pistons 126:108 (31:24, 34:32, 28:23, 33:29). The match took place in the 15,000-seat "Acor Arena" in Paris and was part of the association's special series of matches held outside the United States and Canada.
Thus, the "bulls" already have a balance of 21 wins and 24 losses in the current season, continuing to be in the 10th position in the Eastern Conference.
Billy Donovan's team is two wins behind the ninth-ranked Indiana and four wins from the sixth-ranked New York Knicks - the last place that gives the right to direct participation in the playoffs of the strongest basketball league in the world. Detroit, on the other hand, is still at the bottom of the conference with its asset of 12 wins and 36 losses, which sends it to the last 15th place.
The match began entirely under the dictation of the Chicago basketball players, who made a strong start to the match and in the first quarter managed to secure a double-digit lead at 29:18. The margin continued to hover in the low double digits well into the second period, with Billy Donovan's Bulls holding a nine-point lead at 65:56 at the break.
After the break, Zach LaVine and company picked up the pace and began to chase the intrigue out of the room after putting a 12-2 run in their favor, thanks to which they pulled ahead at 80-62. The Detroit team did not give up and cut the deficit in half, but the Bulls team was flawless until the final whistle and did not hesitate for a moment to close the game in their favor and get a valuable victory in their attempt to climb the standings in the East.
The leaders of Chicago shined in full force before the audience in Paris. Zach LaVine led the way for the winners with 30 points and 5 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan returned from injury with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, and Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, to which he added 6 assists. Chicago's role players also contributed to the success - Ayo Dosunmu scored 13 points, Derrick Jones Jr. had 12, and Patrick Williams and Kobe White each had 10 points for the victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the top scorer for Detroit with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Hamidou Diallo scored 17 points off the bench, Sadiq Bey and Jaden Ivey scored 16 points apiece, and Jaylen Duran, who had lost his passport before the team left for the French capital, finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Local favorite Killian Hayes wasn't able to please the fans with a good performance after scoring just 4 points on 2/13 shooting from the field, but he still made up for it somewhat with his 8 assists.
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