Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons Tickets
About Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons
The year was 1988 when the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons squared-off in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference. While it wasn’t their first meeting, the series triggered one of the fiercest NBA rivalries between two regular playoff contenders. The animosity between the two sides was palpable and it resulted in some unforgettable games and moments.
The Pistons dominate the Bulls - The Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons took on each other in the playoffs for the first time in the 1973-74 season. The Pistons won the Conference Semifinals series 4-3. The next time these two sides came face to face in the playoffs was in the famous 1987-88 season and the Pistons again came out on top with a 4-1 win. The Pistons beat the Bulls in the Conference Finals over the next two years too. Right in the middle of all the rivalry was the animosity between Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan. The two did not conceal their dislike for each other either and it added that extra bit of spice to the proceedings whenever the two sides played against each other.
The Bulls end the jinx- The Chicago Bulls were hurting from their losses against the Pistons and in the 1990-91 season, the two sides met again. It was their third meeting in the Conference Finals in as many seasons. The Bulls had home court advantage for the first time against the Pistons and they made it count too. The Bulls swept the Pistons 4-0. The last game of the series was played at The Palace of Auburn Hills and while there were still 7.9 seconds left in the game, Mark Aguirre, Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas walked off the court as they did not want to congratulate the Bulls. The Bulls went all the way to beat the Lakers in the next round to win their inaugural NBA Championship.
The Pistons-Bulls Head to Head
The Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons have played each other on quite a few occasions over the years. This is the Chicago Bulls head to head record against the Detroit Pistons.
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The Bulls have faced off against the Pistons in 35 playoff games in six series. While the side from the Windy City has a slight edge in regular season games, it is the team from the Motor City that has its nose in front in the postseason.
The Bulls have won 16 games while the Pistons have come out on top in 19 of those playoff clashes. As far as playoff series are concerned, the Bulls have won 2 while the other 4 have been won by the Pistons.
The Icons behind the Bulls and the Pistons
When discussing the greatest Chicago Bulls players in history, you cannot look past the great Michael Jordan. Considered by many as the greatest basketball player to have ever lived, His Airness led the Bulls to six NBA Championships and was an NBA Finals MVP in all six of those triumphs. His number 23 has been retired by the Bulls. Then there is Scottie Pippen who played alongside Jordan in the Bulls most successful era. Pippen won six NBA Championships and made it to seven NBA All-Star teams. The Bulls have retired his number 33 too. Before Jordan and Pippen there was Jerry Sloan. Sloan was a two time NBA-All Star and is the first Bulls player in history to have his number retired by the franchise.
With the Detroit Pistons, it is the iconic Isiah Thomas who stands at the top of the list. Thomas was a force of nature who won two NBA titles with the Pistons and was the NBA Finals MVP in 1990. He also made it to twelve NBA All-Star teams and the Pistons have retired his number (11). Joe Dumars was a part of the Pistons roster between 1985 and 1999. He won two NBA Championships and while Thomas was the NBA Finals MVP in 1990, Dumars was the NBA Finals MVP in the first of those triumphs in 1989. The Pistons have retired his number (4) too. The Detroit Pistons last won the NBA title in 2004 and Ben Wallace was a part of that side. He is a four time NBA All-Star pick and his number has been retired by the Pistons.
The Bulls-Pistons rivalry is about to ignite again!
The Chicago Bulls vs. the Detroit Pistons tickets are always in demand because of the history between the two sides. The United Center has seen its share of epic games between these two teams and now the Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons home. Check the Chicago Bulls schedule and the Detroit Pistons schedule to see when they take on each other. Once you have the information, get your cheap Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons tickets to see them in action.