NBA Roundup: Pistons hold off Bulls in four overtimes

CHICAGO -- Center Andre Drummond scored 33 points and pulled down 21 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Chicago Bulls for a 147-144 win in quadruple overtime on Friday night.

CHICAGO -- Center Andre Drummond scored 33 points and pulled down 21 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Chicago Bulls for a 147-144 win in quadruple overtime on Friday night.

Guard Reggie Jackson scored 31 points, including 11 in the fourth overtime session, and dished out 13 assists. Forward Marcus Morris added 20 points and seven rebounds. Detroit (16-12) earned its fourth win in the past five games.

Guard Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 43 points in 56 minutes to lead the Bulls. Guard Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points. Forward Pau Gasol scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Chicago (15-9).

The Bulls matched a franchise record by playing in four overtimes. The team previously went to quadruple overtime in 1984.

Jackson's running layup with 54.9 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime gave Detroit a 145-139 lead. The Bulls closed the gap to one point before the Pistons closed out the game.


Fatigue set in during the third overtime. Both teams managed four points apiece, prompting the fourth overtime with the score even at 127.

Chicago led 121-117 in double overtime before the Pistons went on a 6-2 run to force the third overtime session. Morris and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each made 3-pointers in the final 1:18 of double overtime to prolong the game.

Detroit led 116-114 in the final seconds of overtime. Gasol tied the score at 116 with a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining. Jackson missed a jump shot at the buzzer to prompt double overtime.

The score was even at 105 at the end of the fourth quarter. Rose had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but his jump shot clanked off the rim.

The Bulls made their first 20 free-throw attempts and finished 39 of 44 (88.6 percent). The Pistons shot 27 of 46 (58.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Chicago entered the fourth quarter with a 77-74 advantage. Rose scored 11 points during the third quarter, including a 3-pointer that capped an 8-0 run to put the Bulls ahead 69-62.

Drummond blocked a shot by Rose in the final moments of the second quarter to preserve a 55-52 halftime lead for the Pistons. A turnaround hook shot by Drummond gave Detroit an eight-point lead with 5:27 remaining in the first half. The Bulls responded with a 13-6 run that included a slam dunk and a layup by forward Taj Gibson to cut the deficit to one.

Pacers 104, Nets 97


Paul George scored 23 points, including a key three-pointer with 3:26 remaining, and the Indiana Pacers rallied for a 104-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana (16-9) won despite making only seven of 28 shots from three-point range against a team that are now 1-12 on the road.

Magic 102, Trail Blazers 94

Orlando center Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris each scored 25 points to lead the Magic to a 102-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Amway Center.

The Magic (15-11) won their third consecutive game and ninth in the last 12. The Trail Blazers (11-17), who play on Sunday in Miami, lost their second consecutive game.

Knicks 107, 76ers 97

Jahlil Okafor topped Kristaps Porzingis in the individual battle between two of the top draft picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, but the New York Knicks came away with a 107-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Porzingis, who received a huge ovation from the crowd at Wells Fargo Center, finished with eight points, four rebounds and three blocked shots while Okafor had 20 points and five rebounds. Some of Okafor’s statistics came at the end of the fourth quarter when Porzingis was on the bench.


Hawks 109, Celtics 101

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Al Horford combined for 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks came from six points down to beat Boston 109-101.

Atlanta (16-12) won their second straight while the Celtics (14-13) dropped their third in a row.

Mavericks 97, Grizzlies 88

Dirk Nowitzki put his recent shooting slump behind him and scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 97-88 victory over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center.

The Mavs (15-12) bounced back from their worst defeat of the season on Wednesday at Indiana, seizing the lead in an otherwise even first half with about two minutes to go in the second quarter.

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