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Rose scores career high vs. Spurs

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose scored a career high 42 points during Thursday night's 109-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs. With the win, the Bulls are now 22 games over .500 heading into the All-Star break.

"We're playing ball right now," he said. "Where we're playing defense. We're making it tough on people and we're just playing together."

Rose's performance left both his teammates and opponents in awe.

"Wow," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "Wow. He was something. We scored 99 points and shot 49 percent and shot seven threes, so you think you should have a pretty good chance to win, but he negated that. So he did a hell of a job."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau thought so as well.

"That was some performance," Thibodeau said of Rose. "It was great leadership. He got us off to a great start. Carlos [Boozer] had a great game also, and Luol [Deng] played well all game long."

"They really couldn't stop him," Boozer added. "I just said to him, "Keep attacking until they stop you." He's playing phenomenally well and he played great again tonight."

Rose said on Wednesday that he considered Thursday night's contest to be a measuring stick game for his team. Needless to say, he is happy with how things have turned out over the first half.

"We've got a lot of confidence right now," he said. "Knowing that we can beat some of the best teams in the NBA. But we just got to keep it going. Where when we come back we've got to stay focused. We've got to work even harder because we're going to have a couple days off. People are going to let their body relax. But we've still got a goal and that's to try to win a championship."