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               === Bulls use balanced offense to top Pistons ===
 Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jimmy Butler led six Chicago players in double-
 figures  with 18 points  to help the Bulls edge the Detroit Pistons, 85-82, on
 Butler  also grabbed  nine rebounds and dished out four assists for the Bulls,
 who have won five of their last six.
 Carlos  Boozer  scored 16 points, Taj  Gibson scored 14, and Nate Robinson and
 Richard  Hamilton  each added 11 points  in the triumph. Joakim Noah scored 10
 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds for Chicago.
 Brandon  Knight scored 13 points to go with seven assists, Kyle Singler scored
 12  points,  and Tayshaun  Prince and  Rodney Stuckey  finished with 11 points
 apiece for the Pistons, who had won two in a row entering the contest.
 The  Bulls trailed, 70-60, following Singler's layup just over one minute into
 the  fourth quarter, but Robinson scored nine straight points to make it 70-69
 nearly two minutes later.
 "Nate came in and brought that fire," Noah said of Robinson.
 A  10-3 burst, capped  with a Butler jumper, put Chicago ahead 79-73 with 4:22
 left,  but  Detroit would score seven  straight points to regain the lead with
 just over two minutes to go.
 Butler  followed  with a  triple to  give the  Bulls an  82-80 edge 16 seconds
 later, but Jason Maxiell tied the game at 82-82 with 29.4 ticks showing.
 Marco  Belinelli's  three-point play with 7.5  seconds left pushed the lead to
 85-82,  and Prince  and Stuckey  each missed  a three-point  try in  the final
 "We  just have  to play  with  more discipline  and poise  down the  stretch,"
 Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said.
 The  Pistons  opened the game  on a 12-2  run and took  a 23-14 lead after the
 first 12 minutes.
 Detroit  pushed  its spread to  39-29 with just over  four minutes left in the
 first half before the Bulls were able cut it to 39-35 2 1/2 minutes later.
 The Pistons, though, closed the second quarter on an 8-3 swing to take a 47-38
 lead into the break.
 Detroit  outscored Chicago, 21-19,  in the third to take a 68-57 lead into the
 final frame.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Bulls shot  55.6 percent (10-for-18) from the floor in the fourth quarter
 and  held  the Pistons to just  28.6 percent (6-for-21) shooting in the period
 ... Detroit outscored Chicago, 44-30, in the paint.
 01/24 00:48:35 ET