PONTIAC, Mich. -- Kelly Tripucka scored a team-record 56 points Saturday night to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 128-126 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Tripucka hit on 18 of 26 field-goal attempts and 20 of 22 free throws to break the old Pistons record of 54 points set by Dave Bing against the Bulls on Feb. 21, 1971.
Tripucka had 28 points in each half.
Detroit, which trailed 113-105 with 7:10 to play, went ahead to stay at 122-120 on a 15-foot jumper by Tripucka with 2:01 remaining. The shot tied Bing's record.
Vinnie Johnson sealed the Pistons' first win in three games with four free throws in the last 1:09.
Tripucka, who missed Friday's game with Cleveland because of the flu, had 17 points in the second quarter, including a field goal with 27 seconds to play, that gave the Pistons a 66-58 lead -- their biggest margin of the half.
Chicago outscored Detroit 19-6 in the first four minutes of the third quarter to take a 79-72 lead. Dave Corzine, David Greenwood and Tracy Jackson combined for 15 points in the Bulls' surge. Chicago led 100-97 at the end of the third period. Isiah Thomas added 20 points for Detroit, 23-23.
Corzine topped Chicago with 19 points, Reggie Theus and Quintin Dailey had 18 each and Greenwood and Jackson finished with 17. Chicago's record fell to 15-30.