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New York at Chicago

Rose scores 29 points to lead Bulls' rout of Knicks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Still sore no matter how well he hid the pain, Derrick Rose figures he'll just have to handle it for a while.

If he keeps this up, opponents are in trouble.

Analysis

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Rose made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

"A bruise is going to heal each day, so it's nothing that I should worry about," he said. "Tomorrow, it should feel even better than today."

Rose was certainly feeling it against the Knicks.

Achy after getting knocked to the court on a foul by Orlando's Dwight Howard last week, he shook it off with a dominant performance as the Bulls matched their most lopsided win of the season and handed the Knicks their fourth straight loss and 13th in 17 games.

An early layup triggered some pain. It didn't stop Rose, though.

Rose buried all seven shots while scoring 15 in the first quarter and was 14 for 18 in all, just missing his sixth 30-point game.

"You couldn't really tell," Luol Deng said. "His jumper was falling today. He didn't attack as much. He didn't really need to."

He had help from Deng, who added 18 points. Kirk Hinrich scored 14, and Chicago shot a season-high 60.5 percent.

David Lee led New York with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but the Knicks were simply overmatched by Rose and the Bulls. They shot 34.6 percent, were blocked nine times and were dominated on the boards 49-38 in the first of back-to-back games with Chicago.

"They just overwhelmed us physically," coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Both teams could have a different look by the end of the week, with the trade deadline approaching. For the Knicks, that might not be a bad thing, considering they've dropped 13 of 17.

The Bulls weren't exactly lighting it up either, dropping four of six before the All-Star break, but they did just that this time.

Particularly Rose.

After taking the big hit from Howard, the All-Star guard was the one connecting on Tuesday.

He mixed in floaters, drives and jumpers in the early going, yet despite his dominant start, the Bulls were up just 29-28 through the first quarter. They finally started to pull away late in the second, outscoring the Knicks 15-6 over the final four minutes to take a 64-50 lead into halftime.

Brad Miller started that run with a neat drop stop and Rose buried a baseline jumper, making him 9 for 9 and extending the lead to 53-44. He finally missed when he pulled up for a jumper with just over two minutes left, but Hinrich added a 3-pointer. Deng hit a layup and Rose converted a finger roll off a nice crossover to make it 60-48 with 40 seconds left, before New York's Jared Jeffries ended the half with two free throws.

Any thoughts of a comeback quickly vanished as Rose led the Bulls on an 8-0 run to open the second half. After Hinrich started it with a pull-up jumper, Rose buried a 21-footer and added a 17-footer after a put-back by Taj Gibson to make it 72-50.

"When he's hitting that jump shot, he's especially tough to handle," Lee said. "He's so strong. When he starts going to the basket, he's so good finishing. He's one of the best finishers as far as guards are concerned in the league."

Notes

  • The teams meet again Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
  • The 33-point margin matches the Bulls' 120-87 win over Detroit on Jan. 11. They also shot 57.1 percent in that game, which was their season high.
  • The Bulls also set season highs by making 52 field goals and dishing out 30 assists.
  • Joakim Noah missed his fifth straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and shook his head "no" after the game when asked if he was going to New York. The Bulls also play at Minnesota on Friday, and Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro indicated before the game that Noah might stay home even though there was some improvement. "We'll see if we're going to take him on the trip," Del Negro said. "If not, we'll keep him here and get some therapy and we'll re-evaluate him on Saturday when we get back."
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Derrick Rose, who hits his first nine shots, drives full speed ahead for a game-high 29 points.  (AP)
Derrick Rose, who hits his first nine shots, drives full speed ahead for a game-high 29 points. (AP)

Scoreboard
New York (19-33) 2822181785
Chicago (26-26) «29353123118
NY:D. Lee 24 Pts
NY:D. Lee 12 Reb
NY:D. Lee 4 Ast
CHI:D. Rose 29 Pts
CHI:T. Gibson 10 Reb
CHI:K. Hinrich 6 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoNew York

D. Rose

D. Lee
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
293624124
New York
C. Duhon, PG391-40-01202
D. Lee, C3110-234-4124024
W. Chandler, SF294-121-240310
D. Gallinari, SF284-101-232210
J. Jeffries, PF272-42-21118
A. Harrington, PF274-106-683015
T. Douglas, PG242-70-01125
J. Hill, PF200-44-63024
J. Bender, SF80-24-62014
M. Landry, PF71-50-03023
D. Milicic, CDid Not Play
N. Robinson, PGDid Not Play
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
L. Hughes, SGDid Not Play
C. Mobley, SGDid Not Play
Totals 28-8122-2838131385
 34.6%78.6% 
Chicago
K. Hinrich, PG346-100-086414
T. Gibson, PF293-60-210316
L. Deng, SF288-122-243218
D. Rose, PG2714-181-136029
B. Miller, C255-70-030210
T. Thomas, PF304-63-482211
J. Salmons, SF234-62-246211
J. Pargo, PG185-120-023112
C. Richard, PF121-30-04032
J. Johnson, PF81-31-21113
D. Brown, SG61-30-02002
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
J. Noah, CDid Not Play
J. James, CDid Not Play
Totals 52-869-13493018118
 60.5%69.2% 
Other Games
Mia 105 Final
Phi 78
NJ 103 Final
Char 94
Min 85 Final
Det 108
Dal 86 Final
OKC 99
Pho 109 Final
Mem 95
Utah 104 Final
Hou 95
LAC 87 Final
Port 109
Bos 95 Final
Sac 92
GS 94 Final
LAL 104