Last night at The Palace really needs to be recapped in two parts -- one dealing with the game and one dealing with Dennis Rodman's jersey retirement ceremony at halftime. Let's start with the game.
The Pistons trailed by 11 at halftime, and with the way the Bulls were playing it looked like this could be another long night for the home team. Perhaps inspired by seeing Rodman's jersey go up into the rafters at halftime, the Pistons came out and played much better in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Bulls in each by three points. Unfortunately, that meant that they still lost by five points in the end (the final score was 101-96), but at least they made the score respectable.
Derrick Rose, the frontrunner for the NBA MVP award, led the Bulls in scoring with 27 points. Carlos Boozer added 22 and Luol Deng had 15. Richard Hamilton was the Pistons' leading scorer with 30 points.
As bad as it was that the Pistons lost their 11th straight game to the Bulls, the halftime ceremony overshadowed that fact. Dennis Rodman had his No. 10 jersey retired during halftime, and the NBA's official YouTube account has a quick look at how it went down.