The Bulls were in danger of losing a second consecutive contest to a sub-.500 team on Friday, before some perfect execution from Pau Gasol sealed a victory over the pesky Pistons.
Chicago led by just one with under 18 seconds to play, and the shot clock would expire with eight seconds or so remaining — meaning, the Pistons would get one last shot.
But Gasol made sure it wouldn’t matter.
He comes up to set a quick screen before rolling to the basket, and the Pistons trapped Jimmy Butler, making it impossible for him to find the open big man at the rim.
Gasol stayed active on the play, however, and put a body on rebounding monster Andre Drummond to ensure he had position.
This critical and fundamentally perfect play from Gasol had him all alone in front of the rim, so that when Taj Gibson’s jumper misfired, all that was left for Gasol to do was to leap up, absorb the contact from Drummond, and slam the ball home.