Bulls 124, Pistons 113
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Michael Jordan scored 29 points on 12-for-23 shooting to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 124-113 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Jordan added nine rebounds and nine assists as the Bulls improved to 9-3 since his return from retirement.
The Pistons cut Chicago’s lead to 99-94 with 8:20 to play, but the Bulls iced the game with a 9-3 surge. Jordan scored the final five points of the spurt.
Detroit made another run, pulling to 116-110 with 2:30 to go, but Steve Kerr’s 3-pointer extended the Bulls’ lead again.
Ron Harper and Will Perdue added 16 each for Chicago, which was without Scottie Pippen, who had the flu. Allan Houston led the Pistons with 31 points, and Terry Mills had 20.
Chicago led 62-57 at the half, but Detroit came back to tie the score at 70 behind seven points from Mills.
But Chicago put together a six-point run, and got 10 points in the quarter from Perdue to lead 94-85 entering the fourth quarter.
Jordan missed all four of his outside shots in the first quarter as Chicago took a 30-29 lead.
The Bulls started the second period with a 12-2 run, including four more from Harper, and led 42-31.
That lead quickly vanished, though, as Houston hit two straight 3-pointers, and Joe Dumars added a third for a nine-point run in just 43 seconds.
The game was tied at 50 with four minutes left before halftime, but Chicago scored the next five points, including a 3-pointer from Jordan, and the Bulls were still ahead by five at the half.
Houston scored 19 in the half, including five 3-pointers.