Sunday, April 3, 2011
Rose does it all in Bulls win over Raptors
By ESPN Stats & Info
While spring is just beginning, this Rose is in full bloom as Derrick Rose continued to put up huge numbers in the Chicago Bulls win over the Toronto Raptors.
Rose scored 36 points, had 10 assists and as a bonus added 3 blocks. He is just the sixth different player over the last 25 seasons to finish a game with 35 points, 10 assists and 3 blocks.
The only other active players to have done it are Dwyane Wade (six times), LeBron James (three), and Vince Carter.
This was Rose's sixth game this season with 30 points and 10 assists, the second most by a Bulls player in any season over the last 25 years.
The only other player with more such games in a season for Chicago during that span- you guessed it- was Michael Jordan.
His Airness finished with 14 such games during the 1988-89 season.
Rose is now averaging 25.1 points per game to go along with 7.9 assists. He needs 54 assists over his final six games to finish with an average of 8.0 assists per game.
If he does, he would join Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average 25.0 points and 8.0 assists per game during their age 22 season.
He would also be just the fourth player since the merger to average those numbers for an entire season.
From one former number one overall pick to another:
• Blake Griffin continues to amaze notching 26 points and 16 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This was Griffin's 59th double-double of the season. With one more double-double he would join Shaquille O'Neal as the only rookies since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77 with 60 double-doubles.
Even better, this was Griffin's 45th 20-point, 10-rebound game. He is only the third rookie over the last 25 seasons with at least 45 such games.
The other two players to have done so, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson, each won the rookie of the year award.