Pistons Vault Bulls Into Playoffs

Chicago can't clinch season sweep despite, or maybe due to, 'Sheed's absence
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Mar 10, 2008 5:42 AM CDT
Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylan reacts after the Bulls' were whistled for a foul in the second half of their 116-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 9, 2008, in Auburn...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.