Noah notches another triple-double in Bulls’ win over Pistons
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter March 5, 2014 8:46PM
Updated: March 6, 2014 12:17AM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In the eyes of the Pistons, the Bulls are the team they want to be.
Hard-nosed, blue-collar and able to overcome adversity.
A perfect style that would play well in Motown.
As Wednesday night showed, however, Detroit has a long way to go. Very long. The 105-94 Bulls win at the Palace of Auburn Hills was not only another reminder of how a smart team can take advantage of an undisciplined one, but also how a high basketball acumen can dismantle a low one.
That’s exactly what Joakim Noah and the Bulls (34-27) did in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pistons 34-24, as Noah recorded his third triple-double of the season and the second in the last week, scoring 10 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 11 assists.
As for Detroit (24-37), the statistics that stood out for them were two technical fouls, a 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) shooting night from beyond the three-point line, and of course their $14-million-a-year player in Josh Smith continuing to take head-scratching shots on his way to a 6-for-21 display.