By Dave Hart

Bulls 113, Pistons 82 – The Chicago Bulls handed the Pistons their third straight loss on Monday night in a commanding 31-point victory.

The Bulls jumped out to a 35-19 lead after the first quarter, led 69-34 at halftime and had a 97-63 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pistons outscored Chicago 19-16 during the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler paced Chicago with 19 points, while Taj Gibson added 16 and Robin Lopez chipped in with 13.

Bulls’ point guard Rajon Rondo contributed with a near triple-double, posting 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds.

The Pistons were led by Jon Leuer, who played off the bench, with 16 points while Tobias Harris had 10.

Detroit, which is now 14-16 on the season and in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, will host the Memphis Grizzles on Wednesday night.


Record: 14-16

5th Place in Central Division (7.5 games behind first place Cleveland)

10th Place in Eastern Conference (7.5 games behind first place Cleveland)

1.5 games behind four teams for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 55

Magic # to clinch a Central Division title: 63

Magic # to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 63

Next Game: 12/                21/2016 vs Memphis Grizzles 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills

Stats: Jon Leuer 16 points 5 rebounds, Tobias Harris 10 points, Andre Drummond 9 points.