Dunn added 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who shot 48.3 percent and made 17 of 36 from 3-point range. While the Chicago Bulls will be without Cameron Payne (foot), but they welcome back Zach LaVine who will play his first game of the season and has a minute restriction of three-quarters.
LaVine was making his Bulls debut after being acquired from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade. The former UCLA standout joins a rebuilding Bulls team that sees him as a long-term centerpiece for the franchise. The fourth-year guard followed with an easy 15-footer at the 8:12 mark in the first quarter to give Chicago an early 12-11 lead. With LaVine on the bench, the Bulls were able to close out the Pistons. Leading 107-105 after a Markkanen jumper with 1:08 left, the Bulls had a chance to close the game out but Justin Holiday turned the ball over.
The Bulls in a thrilling finish survived a Reggie Bullock drive at the basket after a turnover that would have tied the game.
Phillip Danault exits Bruins-Canadiens game after getting hit by slap shot
Both teams headed to the locker room after Danault got hurt and the rest of the second period was played after intermission. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Tuukka Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45.
Even if they hadn't won in wild fashion, Saturday was still significant for LaVine and the Bulls.
"(LaVine is) a very smooth player and has a lot of confidence to rise up on his first shot and knock down a 3", Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said.
Saturday was also a new beginning for the Bulls, as they worked to integrate a key piece into their lineup. Johnson played 20 minutes of Wednesday's win over Brooklyn without incident after missing the previous five games with the same injury. "(That) shows you that he's just been itching for this moment to get out there and back on the floor with his teammates". "There were some sacrifices that had to happen with our front-line guys", Hoiberg said. It's playing the game I love and it's doing it. The bottom line is we're getting a really talented player back that's going to help our team.