Passionless Pistons Fall to Bulls, Gordon

Rockets shock Spurs with T-Mac back, Mavs hand Sonics 10th loss
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 4:12 AM CST
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, left, of China drives past San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobli, of Argentina, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 in Houston....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Bulls helped the Pistons drop their fifth game of the last nine, as lackluster Detroit starters and a hot Chicago bench combined for a 97-81 result. Ben Gordon had 33 points and Andres Nocioni 21 for the Bulls, as no one but Chauncey Billups (27 points) really produced for Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reports. Meanwhile, in Texas:

  • Tracy McGrady returned from injury to play 27 minutes for Houston, but it was Yao Ming whose 21 points and 14 boards made the difference in a tight 83-81 victory over San Antonio.
  • Seattle extended its losing streak to 10 games, as even Wally Szczerbiak's 26 points couldn't stave off a 111-96 defeat to Dallas.