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NINE L's IN A ROW TO END '09.....Chicago 98, PISTONS 87, Th 12/31/09
Posted on: 12-31-2009

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    The Pistons closed 2009 on a nine game
losing skid with a 98-87 Thursday matinee
defeat vs Chicago.
    After Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro
survived Christmas Eve (a date where two
recent Bulls head coaches were fired), his
team snapped their slump and stretched
their winning streak to three straight in this
pre-New Year's Eve outing. In the process,
Chicago also ended its eight game road
losing streak.
    The Bulls led this game from start to
finish. A  49-33 rebounding advantage
helped Chicago overcome two dozen turnovers.
    The nine consecutive Detroit defeats are the most for a Pistons club since an
unlucky 13 in a row to end the 1993-94 season.
    Recently back from long injury layoffs, Piston veterans Richard Hamilton and
Tayshaun Prince combined to go just 7-for-29 shooting.
    Four players from each team scored in double figures.
    Derrick Rose led Chicago with 22-P. Tyrus Thomas had 19-P and John Salmons
17-P. Joakim Noah contributed 15-P and a game-high 21-RB (to tie his career-high
for boards).
    Rodney Stuckey had 22-P and Ben Gordon 21-P for Detroit. Prince scrapped to
get 11-P and Charlie Viullanueva 10-P, although Villanueva was also cold-shooting
at 4-for-14.
    Chicago out-shot Detroit 47.8% (33-of-69) to 38.6% (34-of-88) from the field.

QUOTEBOOK...

PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "We're just not making shots. Bottom-line,
you have to make shots. We had a number of great looks. When you're not making
shots, you have to continually attack and you have to get to the foul line...I saw a
number of positive things out there. I’m sure people are going to hear that and say,
‘You must be kidding,’ but we did some good things."

PISTONS GD RODNEY STUCKEY:   "None of it feels good. I don't know what to say.
We should be winning. We had 87 points tonight and the kind of team we have, we
shouldn't be scoring 87 points a game."

PISTONS GD RICHARD HAMILTON:   "I'm stunned because those are the shots that
I usually take...That's probably as many wide-open shots that I've gotten in a long
time and I happened to miss them. I kind of expected that with the layoff...[Detroit
head coach John Kuester] said, 'Rip, don't expect to be what you were before you got
hurt because it's going to take time.'"

BULLS CEN JOAKIM NOAH:   "We've got to do this all the time...We've just got
to keep improving and keep getting better."

BULLS H-COACH VINNY DEL NEGRO:   "We just kept attacking. That's something
we've been trying to stress a lot. Don't play the score or the time, just keep playing
the way we want."

OVERTIME:

    Stuckey sprained his left ankle in the first half but continued to play. However, he
could be sidelined a while depending on post-game swelling.        
    Hamilton is just 13-for-54 shooting in three games since returning from a high
ankle sprain.          

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