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Bulls 108, Pistons 104

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, both career highs, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons for the 16th consecutive time,108-104 at The Palace on Friday night.

Carlos Boozer supplied 24 points for the Bulls (10-8), who erased a 17-point, first-half deficit. Luol Deng chipped in 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in Chicago's fourth victory in five games.

The game featured two of the top five teams in defensive field-goal percentage but both had difficulty getting stops. The Bulls shot 52.4 percent while the Pistons (6-15) shot 51.4 percent.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit, which has dropped four of its last five games, with 24 points and seven assists, while Brandon Knight added 21 points.

Kirk Hinrich's corner 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the third gave the Bulls their first lead since the opening quarter, 71-70. Hinrich's free throw with 7.4 seconds left in the quarter allowed them to carry a 78-74 lead into the fourth.

The Bulls maintained a slim advantage a majority of the fourth, and when Noah made a reverse layup with 5:07 left, he achieved his career high and provided his team with a 94-90 lead. Noah's previous career best was 26 points against Boston on Nov. 5, 2010.

Boozer then took over offensively, scoring seven straight Bulls points. Deng's 3-pointer nudged the lead to double digits, 103-93. Detroit never got within six the rest of the way.

Chicago finished the first half on a 14-2 run, slicing Detroit's 17-point lead to 55-50. Stuckey was the catalyst in the Pistons' early success, piling up 15 points and five assists by halftime after Kyle Singler committed two fouls in the first three minutes. Charlie Villanueva gave Detroit its biggest lead with a jump hook in the lane to make it 53-36.

Noah had a double-double before the break.

NOTES: Bulls starting guard Richard Hamilton said Friday he could be sidelined up to a month with torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Hamilton, a longtime Piston who was averaging 13.9 points, missed his third consecutive game. ... The Bulls had a 19-game winning streak against the Pistons during the mid-1990s. Detroit's last victory over Chicago at The Palace was Dec. 23, 2008. ... Luol Deng (40.9) and Joakim Noah (39.4) lead the NBA in minutes per game. ... Noah averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds in four games against Detroit last season. ... Andre Drummond's back-to-back 12-rebound games elevated the Pistons center to first among rookies in rebounds per game (6.5). ... Tayshaun Prince reached double figures a team-high 17 times in the first 20 games. "He's been a model of consistency," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said of the 32-year-old forward. "I think he's had a super season up to this point. He's been a very good stabilizing force for us."
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