Rose's Late Basket Lifts Bulls to Rare Win vs Golden State

Posted by Richard Kagan on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 with No comments
Derrick Rose had quite a night. He made the game-winning shot with 7 seconds left to defeat Golden State, in OT, 113-111. He scored 30 points and oh, the by way, had a career high of 11 turnovers.  He was very good, and not so good. And, the very good Rose came through at the right time.  His step back jumper on tired legs swished through the net to give the Bulls a 113 - 111 lead in OT.

Golden State had the last shot but they missed and the Bulls walked away winners of a big game.  This win stopped the Warriors 19 home game winning streak. Golden State has only lost (21-2) two games at the their home court this season.  The Warriors are now 14-1 versus Eastern Conference teams, the Bulls being the only team to win in Oakland.

"Anybody can get momentum or anybody can get the feeling you can beat anybody when beat a team like them," said Rose.

He had a 13-30 shooting night, but hung in there and scored key baskets all night. Plus he did a great defensive job on ace Stephen Curry, one of the premiere point guards in the NBA.

Curry had 21 points but shot only 9-23, and 4-10 from three-point land. Klay Thompson had 30 points for Golden State. The Warriors missed all 13 of their 3 point shots in the 2nd half and OT, and this helped the Bulls win.

Chicago missed Jimmy Butler, out with an illness. Golden State did not have starter Andrew Bogut. Pau Gasol scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, one of the double-double leaders in the NBA.  Joakim Noah had a strong game, coming back from an ankle injury with 18 ponts and 15 boards. The bench also played well with Niko Mirotic scoring 12 points, Taj Gibson playing his usual strong game with 10 points, and 9 boards and Aaron Brooks adding 10 points. 

The Bulls avenged an earlier loss on their home court when Golden State, sporting the best record in the league at the time, beat the Bulls.  The Warriors are 36-7, one of the top teams in the league right now.

This win helps Chicago get ready to play the Lakers in Los Angeles later in the week.