Saturday, March 26, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 95, Bucks 87
By Nick Friedell
MILWAUKEE -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 95-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.
How it happened: Derrick Rose had one of his best performances of the year, which is saying something considering some of the games he's already had this season. The 22-year-old had 30 points and a career-high 17 assists as the Bulls came from behind for the second night in a row. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah had solid nights as well, combining for 26 points and 22 rebounds.
What it means: If he hadn't already, Rose may have locked up the MVP award with this performance. He totally took over the game in the clutch and carried the Bulls to this win. The difference in this particular game was that Rose dished off the ball to get his teammates going and then drove to the rim on his own to finish things off. He made several SportsCenter-worthy plays which left even his own teammates in awe. With Rose on the floor, the Bulls truly believe they are never out of a game.
Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Bucks 52-30 in the paint.
What's next: The Bulls take a day off Sunday before returning to the court Monday night to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. They'll be looking for their fifth straight win.