Terry: 'Rose is their team'

January, 21, 2011
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CHICAGO -- Without Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer on the floor, Derrick Rose knows there is even more pressure on him to score. The craziest part about his ability to continue to average 25 points a game is that he is doing it knowing full well that other teams are keying on every move he makes.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireIt wasn't pretty, but Derrick Rose's 26 points was enough to carry the Bulls past the Mavericks.
"Derrick Rose is their team," Mavericks guard Jason Terry said. "I don't care who else they have on that roster. He took 28 shots tonight, we made it tough on him. But key guys made some big plays. [C.J.] Watson hit a couple threes and Kurt Thomas was huge for them tonight. Anybody who takes 28 shots, it's the Jordan rules. You're not going to guard anyone, he's just going to keep hoisting them."

For the second straight game, Rose did indeed take 28 shots from the floor, but while some may think that's too many, Rose didn't get that impression from Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"Coach was mad because in the first half, I didn't shoot enough," Rose said. "So he was just telling me to be aggressive in the second half and that's what I was trying to do, but it just wasn't going."

Boozer update: Carlos Boozer didn't participate in Thursday morning's shootaround and missed his third game in a row. It appears his left ankle sprain is doing at least a little better than it was earlier in the week, considering he walked towards the exit at the United Center under his own power, instead of being driven off in a golf cart, as was the case after Tuesday night's game.

The last word: Rose: "A win is a win. Everything that went on in that game was kind of terrible, [except for] rebounding and the way we played defense. But we're just happy to get this win and get it out of the way."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.2 1.6 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 10.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.3