D-Rose Fired-up In Big Bulls Win
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Bulls roared back to the knock of the Lakers 88-84 on Friday at the United Center.
How it happened: It's a broken record at this point, but yet again Derrick Rose brought the Bulls back and locked the game up. The 22 year-old All-Star hit several crucial shots down the stretch as the Bulls rallied to beat the Lakers. Rose has no hesitation is clutch situations and clearly is enjoying the moment and the responsibility that comes with being the face of the franchise. Luol Deng added 14 points of his own, while Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver played well off the bench combining for 23 points.
What it means: Let there be no doubt, not that there was any already. Rose has lifted his game to the type of level that few players in the league are able to get to. He has the ability to carry the Bulls on his back and lead them. One of the bigger knocks on the Bulls this season is that they don't have many wins over quality opponents -- now they have one against the defending champs. This victory should give them team confidence heading into a much easier portion of their schedule.
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The juggernaut rolls on at the expense of another weak victim, and Amare Stoudemire's 30-point streak rolls on, too, as he scored 36 and tied a team record by reaching that mark for the seventh consecutive game -- more than excusing his 11 turnovers.
With the Knicks not playing on the road again until next Saturday, they'll have gone more than a month without a road loss (their last one was Nov. 16 at Denver). This was their eighth consecutive victory on the road (the team record is 13 straight, set in 1969), giving them an NBA-high 10 road wins, and their seventh straight victory overall. Their fans were in the house and making plenty of noise, too, serenading Stoudemire with the same MVP chant he heard two nights earlier at Madison Square Garden.