CHICAGO – The Bulls own two things the Spurs desire: one is the winningest record in NBA history for a single season (see The Quest for 70) and the other is a victory Thursday night. They also have a third thing just about any team in the NBA would love to have at this point: Derrick Rose.
D-Rose stayed in All-Star form exploding for a career-high 42 points to lead the Bulls to a ten point, 109-99 victory over the Spurs. Rose’s dynamite performance brought on another hail of “MVP!” chants erupting throughout the United Center, especially after Rose’s 21 point 1st quarter and 13 point 4th. D-Rose showed his love for Bulls fans by thanking them via microphone prior to the game for supporting him in his bid for his first All-Star start.
Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer were overshadowed by Rose’s vicious performance, but put together fine nights of their own. Deng finished the night with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Boozer posted 15 points, 6 boards and 2 assists. The bench was relatively quiet with Taj Gibson and Omer Asik scoring a combined 3 points. Keith Bogans remembered how to score too finishing with 6 points, almost a career high.
The Bulls wrapped up the first half of the season in the best possible way, with a win. The Bulls head into the All-Star break with a 38-16 record: 2 games back from the Celtics and just 1 game behind the Heat.