11 December 2010
Derrick Rose was the story last night for the Chicago Bulls in their 88-84 victory over the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Rose led the way for the Bulls offensively scoring 29 points, dishing out 9 assists, and knocking down 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc. It wasn’t just the numbers Derrick put up that was impressive, but when he put them up. It is clear that the Bulls have their superstar go-to guy that fans have been wanting for all these years. Every time the Bulls needed a fourth quarter bucket, Rose was more than happy to take the shot. It didn’t matter if it was a contested jump shot from the corner with the shot clock winding down, a drive to the lane with the lead down to 4 and the fans getting restless, or a step back jumper with the lead down to 3 in the final minute of the game: Derrick Rose was going to take and make these shots.
The first 18 or so minutes of the game may have been the ugliest stretch of basketball the Bulls have played all season. There appeared to be a lid on the basket as they didn’t seem able to get anything to go down. They missed dunks, layups, and wide open jumpers and also made several frustrating turnovers. Watching the game, I found myself constantly saying “I can’t believe we’re only down 10 or so points.” Our defense kept us in it and eventually the offense got hot with a late 1st half run giving the Bulls a 4-point half time lead and all the momentum going in to the locker room. There was no looking back from that point on.
Besides Rose, the Bulls also got solid efforts from Carlos Boozer (10 PTS, 11 REB), Joakim Noah (9 PTS, 9 REB), and Kyle Korver (13 PTS, 3-for-6 3PT FG). Kobe Bryant scored 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting in the losing effort.
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