Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose did not take his break early. The first All-Star starter from the Bulls since Michael Jordan scored 42 points against the best team in the NBA (in terms of win percentage), downing the San Antonio Spurs, 109-99.
“We have a lot of confidence right now, knowing we can beat some of the best teams in the NBA,” Rose said. “We just have to keep it going.”
Once again hearing “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants, Rose was at his best when San Antonio challenged Chicago in the fourth quarter. He had 13 points in the final period, answering Spurs baskets with acrobatic drives and long jumpers.
“What’s great about him is that he seems to love the pressure,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He loves putting the team on his back so to speak.”
In addition to the All-Star Game on Sunday night, Rose will also compete in the NBA’s skills challenge, and I have no idea what that entails. I wonder if that’s where they learn how to answer phones, make copies, and that sort of thing. You know, administrative stuff. Wow, that sounded funnier in my head.