Will Bynum loves his hometown of Chicago but the Detroit Pistons point guard long since grew weary of the ribbing he took there during his team's 18-game losing streak to the hometown Bulls.
"I've got to hear it when I go back home," Bynum said. "So I definitely wanted to come back today and give us an opportunity to win."

Of the 11 Pistons who played in Sunday's 99-85 victory over Chicago at The Palace of Auburn Hills, only Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva ever had played in a game that the Bulls lost.

"Trust me, we talked about it," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "We hadn't beaten them since Andre (Drummond) was born. I mean, you know, that's a long time. Eighteen straight times. Not that we know the date -- Dec. 23, 2008."

Brandon Knight pulled off a walking boot that he wears to protect his left ankle sprain -- his plantar fasciitis from last summer also has returned in that foot -- and played through both of those injuries, as well as his second broken nose in two seasons, suffered March 29 against Toronto.

He had 20 points, his second consecutive game of 20-plus.

"I know we don't have a shot at the playoffs this year but I can't really sit down and watch," Knight said. "If I can get on the court and play and give some type of positive boost to my team, I'll do it, whether I'm scoring five points or not. That's just my competitive nature. Whether it be foot, knee, all the stuff that I'm trying to battle right now, nose, I just try to play through it."

One day after standing up to Minnesota behemoth Nikola Pekovic -- to snickers from the Timberwolves center, who is 8 inches taller and almost 100 pounds heavier -- Knight was decisively aggressive again, though there was no need for confrontation as the Pistons steadily built their lead to as many as 16 points after trailing by 11 in the first quarter.