It wasn't an embarrassing blowout for the Pistons on Sunday, but the result was the same as Friday, when the Pistons laid down at home yet again.

The Chicago Bulls elicited an effort from the Pistons, but for the 18th straight time, they walked off the court victorious and the Pistons, yet again, felt like they left a possible win on the floor.

The Bulls held off the Pistons, 95-94 at the United Center.

When a team shoots 50 percent on the road and holds its opponent under 40 percent, it expects to win. But when these two meet, no one stat can guarantee victory for the Pistons.

They had a chance to send the game to overtime, trailing by three with 22 seconds left, but Charlie Villanueva's 3-point attempt didn't find its mark.

Jose Calderon would've been a candidate to take a tying 3-pointer, but he has a tendon problem in his elbow and when the ball swung to him, he was no threat to shoot, so Villanueva launched a long jumper in a failed attempt to send the game to overtime.

Rodney Stuckey hit a 3-pointer on the final possession to cut the lead from four to one.

The Pistons (24-50) were already undermanned without Jason Maxiell (eye injury, didn't make the trip) and Will Bynum (hand).

The Bulls (40-32) were playing without Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli, former Piston Richard Hamilton and 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, who's yet to return from tearing his Achilles.

Even without those four, especially the pesky Noah, the Bulls made the necessary plays down the stretch to give the Pistons that sinking feeling.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130401/SPORTS0102/304010361#ixzz2PDmBFUMo