After a disappointing end to their longest winning streak in two months, a matchup with the sputtering Detroit Pistons should help the Chicago Bulls bounce back.
While they're likely to be short-handed again, the Bulls return home Sunday night looking for an 18th straight victory over the Pistons.
Chicago (39-32) matched a season high with its third straight win when it ended Miami's 27-game run Wednesday, and appeared to be on its way to another victory Saturday with a 12-point lead in Dallas with 3:33 to go.
Instead, the Bulls were denied their fourth straight win as the Mavericks closed the contest on a 15-1 run and Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to give Dallas a 100-98 victory.
"This was definitely a tough loss,'' guard Kirk Hinrich said. "We just didn't finish it out.''
Chicago's streak - its longest since Jan. 21-25 - had come at an unlikely time, considering the team continues to be without a number of key players. Derrick Rose (knee) and Richard Ham...