Bulls@Pistons wrap up
Chicago Bulls 100 Detroit Pistons 94
Derrick Rose does it again. Rose hit a game tying three pointer with 6.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime against the Detroit Pistons. Rodney Stuckey missed the second of two free throws that would have pushed the Piston lead to four with 14.2 seconds left, leaving the door open for Rose’s heroics. With no time outs left, Noah collected the rebound off the Stuckey miss and immediately got the ball to Rose. Rose brought the ball up court quickly and used a Joakim Noah screen on Ben Gordon to drill his dramatic game tying shot. It would be the only three pointer Rose would make all night.
The Bulls would then take care of the Pistons in the overtime period. This game should not have been this close as the Bulls owned a 14 point lead in the third quarter. Chicago would go ice cold in the third after building their big lead. The Bulls went almost 7 minutes without scoring a field goal and Detroit would go on a 24-4 run over 9:30. The fourth quarter wasn’t much kinder to the Bulls as their offensive struggles continued. Chicago had a 6 minute stretch where they would not score a field goal. As a matter of fact, late in the fourth quarter, the Bulls had shot only 30% for the second half, commited 11 turnovers, and only had 10 made field goals. But the Bulls held it together, as they typically do, and made one last push that would lead to Rose’s heroics. Rose has missed too many games this season to be considered for the MVP award but it should not be lost how valuable a healthy Derrick Rose is. Up next for the Bulls, on Monday night, is the Washington Wizards at the Madhouse on Madison.