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Derrick Rose hits the game-winner to send Bulls past Knicks (VIDEO)

Oct 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

Derrick Rose was not at his best in Thursday night’s nationally-televised matchup against the Knicks, but he rose to the occasion when it mattered most.

With the Bulls trailing by one and 5.7 seconds remaining, Rose drove baseline, then stopped and elevated for the high-arching floater over two defenders that fell through the net to give his team the win.

Rose finished the night just 7-of-23 from the field for 18 points, but taking control in the final seconds with the game hanging in the balance was as important as anything in his return to the court this season following a one-year, injury-forced absence.

Carmelo Anthony had a chance to return the favor, and we all knew he would end up taking the final shot. But his long two in isolation at the buzzer rimmed out, and the Bulls came away with the 82-81 victory.

Anthony finished with 22 points on 24 shots in 42 minutes of action — an inefficient game even by his standards. A lot of that was due to the Bulls’ defense, of course, and without an additional gunner in the lineup (like the suspended J.R. Smith, for example) it was a rough night for New York offensively.

It wasn’t much better for Chicago, but they did get some better looks than they did against the stifling team defense of the Heat on opening night. Overall, though, the 40.8 percent shooting is probably not going to get it done most nights.

The biggest takeaway from the Bulls in this one, other than the victory over an Eastern Conference rival, was that Rose was able to will the team to victory even after a performance that was anything but pretty.

Rose went three straight possessions trying to make things happen down the stretch before the game-winning shot was true, and the fact that he played 34 minutes through an injury that had him listed as a game-time decision speaks volumes to how far he’s come, and where he may be able to take his team over the course of the season.

  1. jzone954 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Doubt we will be hearing the usually clutch garbage from canton bound tonight.

  2. rickyspanish - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Even though they lost, the Knicks on the road looked a lot better than I expected against a Thibadeau defense. They’ve become a bit of a punching bag the last couple years but if I were a Knicks fan, I’d be happy.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      If I were a Knicks fan I would not be happy about whatever “play” that was that they ran at the end of the game.

      Woodson: Okay, Melo, I want you to get the ball and take the worst shot possible.

      Melo: That’s a can-do, coach!

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      They looked better than you thought?

      You do know that they only scored 81 points right?

      You do know that they only shot 36% as a team? They were only 18th in the league in team shooting last yr when they shot .448% as a team last yr.

      You do know they had 15 TO’s while only averaging a bit over 12 turnovers a game last season.

      And since this is BETTER than you expected, what did you expect?

      Did you expect that they would only score in the 70’s?

      Only shoot 20 something percent as a team for a shooting percentage?

      Since you expected worse, I’m guessing you expected say 20 turnovers.

      Melo only shot 33%. I guess you put him down for say 25% since he was going against Thib’s defense…

      I don’t see many Knicks fans happy with this.

      And for the Knicks fans who booed Bargnani at home the other night, Bargs is shooting .438% from the field this season and Melo is only shooting .375% from the field this season so far.

      • rickyspanish - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        Holy guacamole! I just thought it was a competitive game. No need to read me the entire box score, take it easy bud.

    • roachyxxx - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:42 AM

      rickyspanish, did you expect the Knicks to score less than 80 points against Thibs and the boys? Do you actually watch basketball?

  3. kb2408 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    The home crowd gave him a standing ovation. Guess they have forgiven him for last season….like I knew they would and as they should. Rose hasn’t shot the ball very well in the first two games but he will. I’m sure after sitting out a full season it will take him a little while to get his timing back. The most important thing is his athleticism and explosiveness is intact.

  4. nflcinbengals - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    We believe in you D.Rose


  5. saint1997 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    If anything this does show that the Knicks are pretty under rated. Don’t shoot me down, but people say they were going to drop out of the top 6 when they came second last year and lost to the Bulls by a hair without one of their best players

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Drop out of the top 6?

      No, they will fight the Nets for 4th in the Eastern Conference. It would be great, I think, if the Nets and Knicks played each other in the first round of the playoffs this coming spring. A battle of New York.

      Heat, then Pacers or Bulls. Thibs has been known for pushing his guys too long and too hard in the regular season. The Bulls did have the most wins in the Eastern Conf before Rose was hurt but then didn’t do much in the playoffs.

      My point for mentioning that is that while the Bulls might win more regular season games than the Pacers, I still expect the Pacers to go farther in the playoffs and I’m a Bulls fan.

      • maracineanu16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        As a Bulls’ fan I agree with you, although I really do hope that Thibs will finally learn how to manage minutes better. Look at Popovich – he is the best in doing that and as a result they are a permanent contender (not only because of that, of course)

      • belleby123 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        This “manage the minutes” thing is a myth. Nobody has shown anything anywhere that proves number of minutes played has a causal effect on injuries. Maybe if Pop had rested Tony Parker the entire season he wouldn’t have gotten hurt in the Finals?

      • Kurt Helin - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        There is no hard data and it is not going to help against catastrophic injuries (those are random), however does appear to help chronic issues (plantar fasciitis, chronic knees) and it does help older legs feel more fresh.

      • belleby123 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        Okay, then we’re in agreement. Chicago sports radio is on the bandwagon that every injury on the Bulls is because of Thibs.

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Great bucket from Rose. He really needed to see that go down.

  7. mungman69 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Derrick Rose adds class to the NBA.

  8. pistolpete0903 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    I keep thinking that the injury to Rose was a blessing in disguise (both to him and the Bulls).
    Too many times, we have seen young players depending on their ATHLETIC skills and not working on their jump shot and fundamentals. Now that Rose had the year off and time to work, we should see him becoming a more all round player on offense.
    As for the Bulls, they got to see and evaluate the talent they had last year. Should help them in deciding who to keep and who to trade.

    As for the Knicks, I believe they have all the ingredients of a train wreck season.

  9. iowahbr - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Tuesday versus the Heat the Bulls couldn’t hit the Atlantic with an outside shot. Last night against a much inferior Knicks team the Bulls couldn’t throw the ball into Lake Michigan but win on a nice last move by Rose. Two games isn’t enough time for complete proof but still no reliable outside shooter when the 4th quarter defenses go into high gear against Rose.

    • pudgalvin - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      No, but I also don’t think it’s just the outside shooting either. The entire offense has just been horribly stagnant for long stretches. I think that’ll come with time. Kerr pointed out last night that the Bulls starting five had never played a minute together before Tuesday nights game, so it’s going to take some time. No reason to panic just yet.

      • iowahbr - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Hope that you are right but still a problem against a team like the Heat. The Bulls will do well this year against most of the NBA becuse they play like it’s the play-offs during the regular season and many NBA teams do not. the Bulls are still looking for the 2nd go-to player after Rose for tight games vs the leagues best teams. Maybe Boozer finally earns the 15 mil he gets paid. He has been good these first two.

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