Mar 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) celebrates after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 106-104. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Rose Buzzers Bucks, Lifts Bulls to 106-104 Win

Bulls 106, Bucks 104 — FINAL

It wasn’t supposed to be as tense as it was, but no matter the scenario or the opponent, Derrick Rose is clutch. The reigning MVP showed off why he’s the league’s best point guard when he not only held the ball for the final 11 seconds of the game, but he drilled a game winning field goal with Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings right in his face.

Mar 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) shoots the game winning basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (3) defends during the fourth quarter at the Bradley Center. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 106-104. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

“It was a great play by him,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He took the clock down, he didn’t leave any time because it was one of those games where whoever had the ball, you thought they were going to score next.”

Rose finished the night with 30 points and 11 dishes, but it was his final two points that mattered the most. The win gives the Bulls their 33rd win of the salon and keeps them at the top of the NBA.

“It was like a kid, all the things that you dream about,” Rose said. “It felt good. You’re on the road, going against a team that’s giving you their all and you hit a nice shot like that.”

However, it wasn’t just Rose that had a great night. Taj Gibson turned in yet another convincing performance on how he should be the starting power forward for the Bulls. Gibson had an electric first half and finished with 10 points and 7 boards off the bench. With C.J. Watson, the general of the Bench Mob out yet again Wednesday, Gibson stepped up in big ways to keep Chicago level headed and in the game.

Joakim Noah busted out his guns with a 20 point, 10 rebound double-double performance continuing a hot streak he’s on since the All-Star Break.

It wasn’t a stunning night all around for the Bulls. The defense was not stout — at all. The Bucks were in the game the entire night, even taking the lead at different points in the game. Drew Gooden lit it up early finishing with 27 points and Ersan Ilyasova finished with 32, leading both teams in scoring.

But the crowd at the Bradley Center was again heavily pro-Bulls, going as far to fill the arena with loud boos when the Bucks were introduced.

The Bulls fed off the energy but it also fueled the Bucks to show up the detractors by giving the Bulls a serious scare. But it was not to be and the Bulls still managed to pull it out, as dramatic as it shouldn’t have been. C.J. Watson and Rip Hamilton will be monitored as their involvement in the 106-104 win would have surely made it a different event.

With or without the two the Bulls are 33-8 now and have completed a season series sweep of the Bucks and have punched them down in their ninth spot in the East.

It’s a quick turnaround for Chicago as they head back to the United Center to face the Magic in the start of a tough stretch ahead that sees games against Miami and New York.

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