The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/17/11 — Derrick Rose
In a battle between two of the NBA’s best teams, it was a career-best performance from the NBA’s best point guard that would prove to be the difference. The San Antonio Spurs have three great guards of their own in Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal, but they were no match for the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose on this night.
In what many were defining as a “statement game,” Rose made quite the statement, putting up a career-high 42 points to go along with 8 assists and 5 rebounds, as the Bulls beat the first-place Spurs by a score of 109-99. In addition to scoring a game-high 42 points, Rose also recorded the Bulls’ final 10 points of the game, making sure that there would be no comeback on this night.
With the win, Chicago heads into the All-Star break on a high note, winning their last four games against some rather stiff competition (Jazz, Hornets, Bobcats and Spurs). That run of wins leaves them only two games back of top spot in the Eastern Conference, and with Joakim Noah expected to return to the lineup after the break, it may not be long before they find themselves leap-frogging both the Celtics and the Heat in the East. If they wish to do so, they will need Rose to continue playing like the best point guard in the league. He did that last night, and it earned him honors as “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, February 17, 2011.