Derrick Rose Puts Up Career Highs Against Best Team In NBA

San Antonio has only lost to nine other teams this year out of fifty five games, the Bulls changed that to 10 Thursday night. Derrick Rose raises his career points in a game to 42 shooting 64% and dishing out eight assists.

“We scored 99 points, shot 49 percent, hit seven three-pointers, and you think you are going to win. But he negated that,” Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich said about Bulls’ guard Rose.

San Antonio came into Chicago with the best road record in the league hoping to add one more before the All-Star break. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 42 points, but it was just not enough trailing the Bulls for most of the game.

Rose said that the Spurs are a team that will get the lead and hold you down for the rest of the game and Chicago held strong to playing defense and making good shots to counter.

The Bulls now have a victory over every team in the Western Conference this season and their 15th win in their last 16 home games.

Rose also set a career best for shots made in a game, he was six for six from the free-throw line and had a game high eight assists.

“We have a lot of confidence right now, knowing that we can beat some of the best teams in the NBA,” Rose said. “We just have to keep it going. When we come back, we have to keep it focused. We have to work even harder. We’re going to have a few days off and some guys are going to have the opportunity to have their bodies relax, but we’ve still got to go and try to win a championship.”

Derrick won’t have the luxury of some days off with a big weekend coming up. He will be busy competing in the Skills Challenge Saturday and the 60th NBA All-Star game Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.

Chicago waits in anticipation for the comeback of Joakim Noah who should return next Wednesday in Toronto after missing 30 games from a right thumb injury. The Bulls are 22-8 in those games without him.

With a big win over the Spurs Thursday and Noah coming back to the team, Wednesday will be a great game to watch, in Toronto at 6 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net.