Markkanen, solid defense lead Bulls over Pistons

Detroit Pistons

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine drives to the basket as Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Laurie Markkanen had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Chicago Bulls used a strong defensive performance for a 100-86 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Zach LaVine added 18 points for the Bulls, who had lost two straight. Daniel Galford added eight points and 11 rebounds for Chicago.

Detroit shot 16% from 3-point range. Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough for a third straight victory.

Rookie Saddiq Bey, who averaged 24.0 points in Detroit’s wins over the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets, didn’t score until hitting a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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