The Chicago Bulls are in Detroit tonight to play the Pistons, so I thought it’d be a good time to do a little Flashback Friday on another early season game that took place between these two rivals in 1992.
On November 11 of that year, the Bulls were playing their fifth game of the year, that night facing their longtime nemesis at the old Chicago Stadium.
Who else misses the noise from that place?
The Bulls had just come off a nice come-from-behind victory against the Indiana Pacers two nights before, and entered this game with a 2-1 record. The Pistons had begun to really deteriorate from their championship days, but were determined to give the two-time defending champions a game, especially with Michael Jordan coming in with a sore back.
The Bulls defense stifled the Pistons in the first half, holding them to only 32 points, but Detroit came out firing with 35 points in the third quarter, and led Chicago 67-66 after three. Isiah Thomas had 15 of those points, and had a chance to win the game near the end of regulation, as did Jordan, but both missed and tied at 86, the game went into overtime.
Scottie Pippen had a triple-double in this game, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter and overtime, and after Joe Dumars hit a shot to put the Pistons ahead with about four seconds left, there was only ever going to be one option anyway.
Check out the video below for highlights from that night, and if you’re in a hurry, just go to the 5:53 mark.
What sore back? Michael Jordan played 52 minutes in this game and finished with 37 points on 13-for-24 shooting from the field. That’s just what Michael Jordan does.
The rivalry renews tonight as the Bulls and Pistons meet for the 247th time in the regular season.
Who steps up and plays the hero for Chicago tonight?