Bulls-Grizzlies: Rose's 26 Powers Chicago Past Memphis

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Bulls-Grizzlies: Rose's 26 Powers Chicago Past Memphis

 

The match-up between Memphis and Chicago showcased over 10 first round draft picks and the top two point guards taken in the draft in the last two years, Derrick Rose and Mike Conley, Jr..

Unquestionably, Derrick Rose was the victor.

Rose had 26 points, three assists, and six rebounds to outduel Conley and fellow rookie O.J. Mayo, leading the Bulls to a 96-86 win.

Bulls forward Drew Gooden had 10 points and captured 20 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Luol Deng and Ben Gordon each chipped in 11 points.

Grizzlies stud Rudy Gay scored 20 points but only scored two in the fourth quarter, as a result of the apparent frustration caused by Deng who shadowed Gay. Mayo added 17 for the 1-2 Memphis Grizzlies.

In the third quarter, ose illustrated his sheer athleticsm, nearly decapitating Darko Milic with 4:24 remaining. Aaron Gray grabbed an offensive rebound off of Sebolosha's missed three pointer and handed the ball off to a soaring Rose who was fouled on a two hand dunk attempt and was unable to complete his medieval harnessing, thankfully.

Wrapping up the third, Derrick slashed along the outskirts of the baseline and scored on a left-handed floater in front of outstretched Grizzlies forward Hakim Warrick. The basket gave Rose 22 points at the time and demonstrated his intelligence by converting on a layup instead of attempting something more acrobatic.

Sixth man Ben Gordon was also potent, ending the third quarter on a running floater that pushed the Bulls lead to five, 75-70 at the end of three.

O.J. Mayo, the other star rookie, was most effective against Kirk Hinrich but had troubles when being guarded by Ben Gordon.

In a sequence in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Mayo executed his evasive ball handling which worked earlier against Hinrich. However Gordon anticipated it, allowed Mayo to drive past him and serenely poked the ball away from Mayo for the steal.

While O.J. will have his way with unexperienced defenders, Mayo needs time to master his craft, particularly ball handling.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulls inability to create their own shot enclosed Rose in a foxhole as they delivered the ball to him with :04 seconds remaining on the shot clock. 

Coincidentally, the same happened on the Grizz' resulting possession with Mayo as Gay prevented O.J. from hoisting a respectable shot. 

With 6:37 remaining, opportunity presented itself once again in the form of an uncontested Rose throwdown. This time when Rose levitated there was no defender to behead. 

On the next possesion, Rose threw a sidewinder to Drew Gooden, and the bearded bumble nailed it, lengthening Chicago's lead to seven, 87-80, the largest of the second half.

The basket also cemented the second victory of the season and the second of coach Vinny Del Negro's career.

Rose has increased his scoring in all three of his first NBA games (11,18, 26), a hindsight note that foreshadows the true potential of the 6-3, 198-pound phenom.  

 

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