Chicago native and former league MVP Derrick Rose returns home on a triumphant note, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-94 victory at the United Centre.
Recovering from an injury, Rose returned to the starting line-up (game time decision) and put up 24 points and 8 assists. The 2008 draft top pick was greeted by the crowd’s “MVP” chant amidst a phenomenal performance. Jeff Teague is still out with a nagging ankle injury.
“It was great, man,” Rose said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this — overwhelming at some points. You can tell the support is still here.”
“I always felt if he got back to being healthy that he could be very productive.” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Karl-Anthony Towns contributed with a huge double double – 20 points with 20 rebounds. Taj Gibson added 16 points to the win.
The Bulls had a tough shooting night, just 41% from the field. Justin Holiday made just one basket in 11 attempts and went zero from six from three point territory all night to put up two points. Ryan Arcidiacono put up three poins, alongside Kris Dunn’s nine. The three starters had a +/- of -50.
Although Zach LaVine dropped 28 points off the bench with Lauri Markkanen’s 16, the young roster were completely outclassed by the Timberwolves. Rose showed glimpses of his past with aggressive drives to the rim which the Bulls had no answer for.
Rose is one of several former Bulls who now play for the Timberwolves. Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, and the recently traded Jimmy Butler also played for the Bulls. Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine played for the Timberwolves before being traded to the Bulls along with Lauri Markkanen.Leave a comment