Detroit became the second NBA team to clinch a playoff spot last night, defeating Chicago 116-109 despite missing Rasheed Wallace, reports the Detroit Free Press. The Bulls were gunning for a sweep of the four-game season series, but the Pistons muscled their way to a 42-28 rebounding advantage. Chauncy Billups matched a season mark with 34 points.
He confirmed that composure was essential for the complaint-prone Pistons: "I felt that we did a good job coming out and taking care of business and not complaining to the refs." Averred his coach: "I thought our bigs had some great blocks tonight that were called for fouls." Ben Gordon scored 27 for the 25-38 Bulls.