Derrick Rose led the Bulls tonight with easily his best performance of the season.
Rose had 29 points and 7 assists, recovering from an ugly 1-8 shooting start to finish a very respectable 12-25 on his field goal attempts.
This one looked like it might be a long night for the Bulls early on. Doug McDermott replaced Tony Snell in the starting lineup and the Thunder had no problems whatsoever scoring the ball, jumping out to an early 17-8 lead before McDermott was subbed out for Snell.
The Bulls held their composure though, keeping the 1st quarter close and dominating the Thunder in the 2nd quarter to take a seven point lead into the half.
The Thunder managed to keep the game very close in the 2nd half, knotting the score 90-90 with 4:30 left in the 4th quarter. Then Rose took over.
Rose WAS the Bulls' offense - he went 4/5 with two assists and 10 points in those last four minutes, drilling a series of pull up jump shots and passing to Gasol for two open shots on pick and rolls. No other Bulls besides Rose and Gasol scored during this span, but they didn't have to. The Thunder had no answer for that Rose/Gasol pick and roll.
Billy Donovan also had some puzzling behavior late in this game, opting not to foul with the game close. The Bulls ran out the clock in the last half-minute to pick up the W.
Rose looked good in attacking the basket, getting a bunch of shots in the paint. His shot selection for the night:
This was also probably Noah's best game of the season. He had a great finish on a pick and roll, played great defense, and finished a team-high +16 on the night. Noah was active on the offensive glass and was doing a nice job helping stifle the Thunder offense after their hot start.
Jimmy Butler also deserves a huge shout out. He kept the Bulls close early on, finishing with 26 points on 8-20 shooting including 4-5 on threes. Butler had a nice offensive game while expending a ton of energy guarding Kevin Durant, who shot 13-29 and finished with 33 points.