Derrick Rose's Big Night Leads Pack Of Ten To Big Haiti Donation

Francisco E. VelazquezCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

PHOENIX - JANUARY 22:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls slam dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Bulls defeated the Suns 115-104.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ten NBA players hit the court on Friday night volunteering to donate $1,000 for every point he scored to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Relief Fund.

Unfortunately for the Phoenix Suns, that vow hit Derrick Rose's bank account the hardest. But Rose isn't complaining.

The Chicago Bulls' Rose led the field of ten with a terrific 32-point performance that ultimately carried the Bulls to a 115-104 victory in Phoenix. Scoring over 30 points for the fourth time in just over a month, Rose appeared confident using his much-improved mid-range jumper to shoot 15-for-21. 

Regardless of whether Rose's motivation was to score-as-much-to-donate-as-much or merely to secure just Chicago's fifth road win of the year, Rose was happy to participate.

"They need it right now. The Haiti people, I feel for them..." Rose said. "I'm happy that I gave it to them."

So are Bulls Fans. But, despite the glee from Bulls fans everywhere, no one is happier about Rose's performance than the impoverished men, women and children of Haiti.

All clients of the Wasserman Media Group, the ten players ranged in city, position, and of course, points.

The Lakers' Pau Gasol had the next highest points total with 20. Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Sacramento rookie Tyreke Evans both scored 19. Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points while Sacramento's Spencer Hawes, Washington's Antawn Jamison and Oklahoma's Russell Westbrook each scored eight points.

The Celtics' Kendrick Perkins scored four points with the Wizards' Mike Miller rounding out the group with three points.

In case you're counting, that adds up to a total of $135,000 that will be added to a pot that 47 total players plan to donate to. Those players, all form the agency, plan to donate a minimum of $500,000 to the relief fund.

"I'm very grateful to [the players donating] and I thank them," former President Bill Clinton said, speaking at halftime of Friday night's Lakers-Knicks game.

"[The people of Haiti] have kept their spirits. They have kept working to recover their loved ones and to start normal life again," Clinton added. "I think they've done great and they are worth our support."