Motivated Bulls crush the Pistons to end three-game losing streak

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CHICAGO – Maybe Fred Hoiberg should go back to those early days of Training Camp more often in his future practices.

He probably won’t, but for one night going back to the basics seemed to work for his struggling Bulls team.

After three-straight losses – including a 26-point drubbing at the hands of the Bucks on Friday – Hoiberg’s team responded to a two-and-a-half hour, fundamental practice on Sunday with a complete performance against the visiting Pistons.

A big first quarter set the tone for the Bulls and they didn’t let up as they have at times this season, cruising to a 113-82 win over Detroit at the United Center on Monday night.

Along with snapping the three-game losing streak the Bulls pushed their record back over the .500 mark at 14-13.

Hoiberg’s offense was balanced across the board as seven players reached double figures, including all five starters. Jimmy Butler led the way with 19 while Taj Gibson chipped in 16.

All helped the Bulls charge out of the gate as they outscored the Pistons 35-19 in the first quarter. Unlike other times this year, especially last week against the Timberwolves, the bench kept the pace going as the Bulls outscored Detroit by 19 in the second quarter to turn it into a blowout.


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