Whether it's Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, John Wall or Ricky Rubio, its seems Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reserves some of this best games when playing against opposing point guards who are considered among the best in the league.
Tuesday night in Minnesota was not much different. Rubio, the No. 5 pick in the 2009 draft, arrived with much fanfare this season and has been heralded as perhaps the best guard ever—EVER—out of Europe.
"He's very even-keeled. He tries to make the right play. I think he has a great attitude as far as trying to learn," Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said. "I've been very pleased with what he has done at both ends."
You know Rose has been paying attention to the Rubio hype, even if he'd never admit it. So how did Rose and Rubio stack up Tuesday? We've got the results, along with Rose's other "statement" games against star point guards this season.
Rose vs. Rubio, Tuesday night
SCORE: Bulls 111, Minnesota 100
Points: Rose 31, Rubio 13
Assists: Rose 11, Rubio 12
Rebounds: Rose 4, Rubio 4
Rose vs. Jameer Nelson, Friday
SCORE: Bulls 97, Orlando 83
Points: Rose 21, Nelson 9
Assists: Rose 10, Nelson 2
Rebounds: Rose 8, Nelson 1
Rose vs. Chris Paul, Dec. 30
SCORE: Bulls 114, L.A. Clippers 101
Points: Rose 29, Paul 15
Assists: Rose 16, Paul 14
Rebounds: Rose 8, Paul 4
Rose vs. Stephen Curry, Dec. 26
SCORE: Golden State 99, Bulls 91
Points: Rose 13, Curry 21
Assists: Rose 8, Curry 10
Rebounds: Rose 5, Curry 7