Derrick Rose outplays Jeremy Lin in Bulls’ 104-99 victory over Knicks
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org March 12, 2012 10:42PM
Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket on Knicks guard Jeremy Lin Monday at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times photo
Updated: April 14, 2012 8:15AM
Derrick Rose and Ronnie Brewer had a two-on-one break in the third quarter of the game Monday night against the New York Knicks at the United Center. Rose passed to Brewer, who returned the favor. Rose was a blur as he elevated before switching hands for a jaw-dropping reverse layup.
The play was so quick and precise that it had a cartoonish quality, as if it were a product of the latest breakthrough in computer animation.
That’s the difference between Rose and Jeremy Lin, and virtually every other point guard in the league. And with Lin in Rose’s crosshairs, the Bulls came away with a 104-99 victory.
The MVP had 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his team’s 10th victory in 11 games. Lin was held to 15 points and eight assists in the Knicks’ sixth consecutive loss.
“Definitely. Who’s not right now?” Rose said when asked if he was fired up to play Lin. “He’s a good player who’s playing well for his team. He’s controlling the game, getting people open, his pick-and-roll is good. He’s a good player.”
In the end, it wasn’t about talent or questionable officiating so much as will. Rose took over in the second half, and his teammates were just as resolute. Kyle Korver dove for a loose ball, poking it ahead to rookie Jimmy Butler, who picked it up on a dead run before scoring despite a hard foul to give the Bulls an 85-80 lead with 10:43 left.
They were without starters Rip Hamilton and Luol Deng and backup C.J. Watson, but whether it was fighting for loose balls or coming up with key rebounds, it was obvious to the delighted crowd that the Bulls wanted it more.
“We have confidence in each other,” Rose said. “The starters, bench, coaches, general manager, we know we have a special team. We just have to put forth the effort.”
Carlos Boozer had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Taj Gibson came off the bench to score 15 points and pull down a season-high 13 boards. Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer had 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. The Bulls dominated the glass, outrebounding the Knicks 56-38.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points and eight rebounds, and Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 points.
“This town loves guys that put forth effort,” Gibson said when asked about the standing ovation he received late in the game.
Rose was frustrated by the officials in a first half that saw both coaches get technicals. He went to the hoop on 10 of 15 shots and went to the line once, and that was on a jumper.
“I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I’m going through right now,” Rose said.
Rose continued to attack the rim in the second half and was rewarded with trips to the line. His emphatic dunk after a give-and-go with Noah with 6:01 left brought down the house.
“Our effort was pretty good tonight getting the loose balls, but we still have to take it to another level,” Noah said.