Rose ceremony: Bulls star hits game-winner in 8th straight win

March 07, 2012|RedEye

There's a popular saying—criticism?—that you only have to tune in to the last five minutes of an NBA regular-season game because that's when things get serious.

That applied Wednesday night in the Milwaukee-Bulls game.

After 43 minutes of back-and-forth basketball, the game turned decidedly intense as the Bucks mounted an 8-2 run around the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter to take a 93-91 lead at the Bradley Center.

That's when Derrick Rose asserted himself.

He drew a foul on Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings and sank both resulting free throws to tie the game at 93.

He fed Luol Deng for a jumper to make it 95-95.

He drove to the basket aggressively, but missed. Joakim Noah was there for the tip-in, though, to give the Bulls a 97-95 lead.

He went to the basket again after a Bucks miss to open a four-point lead.

He fed Deng again for a three-pointer.

And just like that, the Bulls had a 102-97 lead with less than 2 minutes to play. That's why he's the reigning MVP, folks.

The Bucks weren't done, though, reeling off five unanswered points to tie the game at 102.

Cue Rose—again.

He made two free throws with 32 seconds left after being fouled by Jennings. Then the Bucks answered.

And? Just like you'd expect, Rose hit a fade-away jumper—right in Jennings' face--as time expired, giving the Bulls a 106-104 win.

It was a good five minutes of basketball.

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