CHICAGO — The Bulls managed to beat the Pistons Monday night at the United Center to keep the winning streak going, but that wasn’t the big story of the night. Instead it was Derrick Rose, and how he just made the Top 10 dunk list of the year.
The way it went down was this: Ronnie Brewer was on a fast break in the in the fourth quarter and tossed the ball at the hoop. “I knew I threw it too high,” Brewer said. “Then I heard the crowd.” Instead of bouncing off the rim or backboard, Derrick Rose soared into the air and violently slammed the ball in the hoops sending the pulse of the UC through the roof.”I just went up and got it,” Rose said nonchalantly. “Simple one-hand dunk.” It was a exclamation point on the Bulls comeback win.
The win now puts the Bulls at 25-12, and 17-3 at the United Center. Derrick Rose continues to make a push for a spot on the All-Star roster. He finished with 29 points and 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Rose was also 100% from the free-throw line making all nine of his attempts. Despite his electric performance, Rose was very much displeased with the teams performance up until the fourth quarter surge. “We were terrible.” said Rose. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer helped the Bulls second half power surge both scoring six points each out of the second half gate. Boozer finished with 27 while Deng finished with 17. Ronnie Brewer even had another great night scoring 11 off the bench plus the huge alley-oop assist in the fourth. The guys still attribute the energy of the comeback to Rose and his raw emotion for the Bulls. “When you see somebody on the team playing with that much energy, so much intensity, it is contagious,” Brewer said. “Guys want to match that level. When you see him make a dunk like that it makes you want to dive after a loose ball. It’s like a snowball effect. Guys pick up off that and it builds and it builds.” “He’s got great toughness, both physical and mental. Even when he’s not getting calls, he doesn’t let that frustration get to him. He continues to drive. He’s always in attack mode.” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “There’s not a defense out there that wants to see Derrick coming at them with a head of steam.” Hopefully that means full steam ahead to the Finals for the Bulls.