Watch: Derrick Rose has highlight reel game against Westbrook and the Thunder
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Derrick Rose was coming off of arguably the three worst games of his career. It was the first time Rose had been held to less than 10 points in three consecutive games since entering the NBA. That turned around in impressive fashion Thursday night.
As a team, the Bulls looked like they would have their hands full with the Oklahoma City Thunder, lead by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. However, as has so often been the case, Rose stepped his game up against another top tier point guard.
— Adam Howes (@Howsito) November 6, 2015
Things started slow in the first quarter, but from the second quarter on, it was Rose’s game. He found his rhythm by attacking the hope, time after time.
Wtf is this. Why KD playing like he washed. https://t.co/KDrQgswpQZ
— #TomHermanToTheU (@kaayaist) November 6, 2015
Rose Made Russ Look Like He Was Standing Still. https://t.co/Ve7rbfMLcC
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) November 6, 2015
Rose still didn’t show his vertical explosion, but his quick first step is most definitely there. Which also opened up space for his teammates to drive and work off of Rose.
What worked for Rose/Bulls in the 2Q was Rose attacking the lane from the baseline. Had this nice dish, too: https://t.co/JzVbSLF0wZ
— Michael Whitlow (@MAWhitlow) November 6, 2015
The most fun highlight of the game may have come in the first half when Rose drove to the hoop but found himself in the air with no where to go. So instead of forcing up an awkward shot or trying to find a pass, Rose got creative.
— NBA On Def Pen (@NBAOnDefPen) November 6, 2015
His ability and success while driving the lane clearly built up the point guard’s confidence. As the game wore on, Rose extended his range. In increasingly pressured situations, Rose calmly knocked down mid-range jumpers, all but ending the game and getting the win.
Looks like vintage D-Rose! https://t.co/qh0wsCDeSG
— FanJam (@FanJam) November 6, 2015