Pistons Improve to 3-0, Outlast Bulls 98-94 in OT

Marcus Morris scored 26 points, Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons took control at the start of overtime to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-94 on Friday night.

The Pistons are 3-0 for the first time since winning their first four games in 2008-09. They have been impressive on defense so far, and they held Chicago's Derrick Rose scoreless until the fourth quarter. They have held every opponent to less than 95 points this season.

Detroit scored the first seven points of overtime, taking a 90-83 lead on Anthony Tolliver's 3-pointer.

Rose finished with eight points, and Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 23. Chicago was trying for its first 3-0 start since 1996-97, when they won their first 12 games.

Reggie Jackson added 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons. Morris, who was acquired in an offseason deal with Phoenix, scored 15 points in the third quarter.

Detroit won despite shooting 6 of 28 from 3-point range and 14 of 28 from the free throw line.

Neither team gave ground defensively in the last minutes of regulation. The Pistons and Bulls traded shot-clock violations, and when Chicago ended up with a chance to hold for the last shot, Rose's attempt from the perimeter wasn't close.

Morris opened the scoring in overtime with a jumper and Jackson added a driving layup, putting the Pistons up by four before Tolliver's 3-pointer.

The Pistons scored more points in overtime (15) than they did in the second quarter (12). There were 15 lead changes and 18 ties.


Bulls: Rose had six assists, five turnovers and shot 4 of 13 from the field. ... Nikola Mirotic had 22 points, and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Butler had 11 rebounds.

Pistons: Jackson surpassed 1,000 assists for his career. ... Drummond had nine offensive rebounds. He has looked better on free throws this season, but he went 4 of 10 on Friday.


Bulls: Host Orlando on Sunday night.

Pistons: Host Indiana on Tuesday night.

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