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NBA scores: Central Division leaders win again, leaving Pistons looking up

The Detroit Pistons were idle on Wednesday night, but the Central Division teams they are chasing -- the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks -- all won.

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The Detroit Pistons are still trying to recover from a terrible 0-8 start to the season, but they didn't get any help from Central Division foes on Wednesday night. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks all pulled out wins and widened the gap for the Pistons to bridge,

Chicago once again leaned on Joakim Noah (44 minutes, 21 points, 7-10 FGs, 7-7 FTs) and Luol Deng (37 minutes, 19 points, 12 rebounds) to get a win -- this time over the Philadelphia 76ers -- while the Indiana Pacers used a 27-point performance from Paul George to pull away from the Cavaliers in the second half.

The Milwaukee Bucks played an ugly game against the Sacramento Kings, but they slowly pulled away during the fourth quarter and earned a 98-85 win.

The Pistons will look to make up ground on Friday night when they return to action against Brooklyn Nets, and then on Saturday night they will tip off against the Pacers in a head-to-head showdown.

Bulls recap from Blog a Bull

Pacers recap from Indy Cornrows

Bucks recap from Brew Hoop