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Game 10: Bulls 92, Pistons 68

10 Jan 2012

Three Stars
1. Derrick Rose: 22 points (.604 TS%), 8 assists
2. Carlos Boozer: 23 points (.735 TS%), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
3. Ronnie Brewer: 12 points (.607 TS%), 4 assists, locking down Ben Gordon

Well, when you’ve beaten a team 12 straight times, No. 13 usually isn’t that hard. Especially when the other guys don’t play any defense.

That made it Carlos Boozer’s kind of game. Our favorite finesse power forward spent an enjoyable evening shooting open jumpers, usually with only a token hand in his face from Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko or Jason Maxiell. He’s really good at that, and Detroit’s forwards were alternately unable and unmotivated to do much about it.

Moving at his usual cruising speed, Boozer slow-jammed his way to a game-high 23 points. He hit 9 of 13 shots — all but one of them long jumpers — and generally did a great job looking serious and purposeful while avoiding contact as much as possible.

The outcome never really felt in doubt, but the Pistons did hang around, technically, until the Bulls clamped down in the fourth quarter. With Taj Gibson and Omer Asik laying the lumber down low, Chicago allowed only nine points in the period to clinch the win.

Box Score

Record: 8-2
Next: Tuesday 1/10 at Minnesota, 7:00 CT

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