Bulls Hold Off Spurs Late 96-89

Derrick Rose was the savior for the Bulls again going for nearly 30 points again and leading Chicago to their fourth straight game.

The reigning MVP was one of three Bulls to enter double digit against the Spurs, who’s head coach Gregg Popovich was honored as Western Conference Coach of the Month.

Joakim Noah and Luol Deng also went into doubles scoring ten points apiece. Noah grabbed 13 boards in the process while Deng, still clearly bothered by his wrist healing, grabbed just two.

Carlos Boozer also had a decent night scoring 8 and rebounding 8 times, 5 of which were defensive.

It seemed that especially late in the game, even the missed shots were bouncing back to the Bulls. It was this that was instrumental in pulling away with the game at the end.

Rose had a big scare when Tony Parker kocked him to the court and Rose writhed in pain. Bulls fans held their breath — thinking of Rose’s recent back troubles — especially when Rose grabbed his back on the ground whil getting up slowly.

“When I first hit him, there was a lot of pain in there,” Rose said. “But after laying down there for a little bit, I got up and was good.”

Rose stayed in the game and on the very next play, darted down the court in a blur for a layup. Rose dominated Parker who, on the night, went for just 11 points on 16 shots.

“I told you, playing every point guard on the planet is fun, where I love the challenge,” Rose said of his matchup with Parker. “He’s a veteran point guard, knows all the moves, plays great for that team.”

The Spurs almost mounted a comeback on the back of Tim Duncan’s 18 points and 10 rebounds but the Bulls, behind Rose, closed out in the last four minutes.

The Bulls get Thursday off as they travel to and prepare for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cav’s shouldn’t pose much of a threat but it will be a warm up for the games Chicago gets in the coming weeks.

Cleveland may not be much of a concern for the Bulls but their back-to-back games against the Sixers and Pacers on Sunday and Monday will be a challenge and March 8th, 12th and 14th should be circled as Chicago begins a home stand against the Magic on Thursday and then get the Knicks and Heat on the other two dates.

 

 

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