Friday, March 20, 2009

Rose worked Westbrook ...

Why isn't this getting more hype in the ROTY columns?!  This was the top 2 going head-to-head ... Rose did not miss in the second half and finished with 25 points, Westbrook was decent but not on Rose's level.  For the record, there was no contest in my personal ROTY race ... but this game sealed any chance Westbrook had.  Rose = ROTY.

Derrick Rose didn't attempt a shot in the first quarter Wednesday at Oklahoma City, but it's not as if the Thunder defense was shutting him down, denying him opportunities. It's just that Rose, as he often does, was deferring to his veteran teammates.

But with the Bulls trailing by five at halftime, Rose began the second half looking for his shot and didn't hesitate to fire. When the smoke cleared, the rookie point guard had scored 20 of his team-high 25 points after halftime -- on 10-for-10 shooting -- and the Bulls had snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 103-96 victory.

''I didn't want to lose, so I just started shooting the ball,'' Rose said. ''I realized my team needed me to mak plays. I didn't know what type of plays. It ended up being scoring.''

 Jokingly, Brad Miller and John Salmons were starting to think it was them.

Winless away from the United Center since they began playing for the Bulls, the two veterans again came up big to snap that seven-game road skid with a 103-96 victory Wednesday night over the improved Thunder at the Ford Center.

Derrick Rose made all 10 of his second-half shots, nine on jumpers, to lead the Bulls with 25 points, while Salmons added 20 and Miller did the dirty work with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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