The Bulls extended their win streak to eight games Thursday as they shut down the Nets 84-73. New Jersey came into this game hot, but Deron Williams was put in his place by Derrick Rose. Rose had 21 on 8-23 shooting. Although his shot was flat, he more than made up for that with his defense. He held Williams to 5 points while registering 2 steals and 2 blocks. Chicago came out strong leading by ten going into the fourth quarter.
The night wasn’t all gravy though, as the Bulls once again let a bad team stay close and make a late run. If Chicago wants to hold onto that number one seed, they’ll have to do a better job closing out games. Also, come playoff time Chicago will not be able to give teams like Boston, Miami or Orlando second chances in games. Overall the night brought another victory for Chicago and another reason to vote Derrick Rose for MVP. He showed the ability to shut down another elite point guard, while leading a late push to seal the game.
Player of the Game: Although Rose had another brilliant performance, the nod for player of the game goes to Omer Asik. Asik registered his first double-double on 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Highlight Reel Moment: Derrick Rose had a stuff on Deron Williams that made all of Chicago jump out of their collective seats.
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