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Rapid reaction: Bulls 119, Rockets 116

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls clawed back to win a 119-116 overtime thriller over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Rose saved his team from a bad loss. It's that simple. The 22-year-old All-Star drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and then added another five points to finish with 30. He proved once again that he has the ability to become the closer the Bulls need at the end of games. Carlos Boozer added 25 points and 9 rebounds -- giving the Bulls a legitimate scoring option down the stretch when Rose was still trying to find his shot.

What it means: The Bulls still aren't the type of "48-minute team" that head coach Tom Thibodeau wants them to be. After racking up a 14-point lead, they almost allowed the Rockets to walk out with a win. They are still trying to weave Boozer into their sets, especially defensively. Having said all that, with a tough week looking them in the face, they will take this win. Rose's confidence continues to grow by the day and there is no doubt his buzzer beater at the end of regulation will make his teammates that much more comfortable with him late in games. He has played like a legitimate MVP candidate should during the first month of the season.

Stat of the night: Rose had a career-high five steals.

What's next: The Bulls take a day off before facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. The Bulls thought they let a winnable game slip away during the regular-season opener in OKC, so they will be looking for a little revenge against Kevin Durant and company.