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Chicago at Phoenix

Bulls erase 23-point deficit, outlast Suns in two OTs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Derrick Rose again proved why he was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and why he is one of the premier guards in the league.

Rose scored 35 points and hit numerous big shots, helping the road-weary Chicago Bulls rally from a 23-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115 in double overtime Wednesday night.

The game was tied at 101 after regulation following Rose's two free throws with 14 seconds remaining. Rose, who also had 12 assists, again came through in the clutch, tying the score at 111 with 0.1 seconds left in the first overtime on a reverse layup. He then scored the Bulls' first five points in the second overtime -- one more than the Suns scored in the entire period -- giving the Bulls a 116-113 lead.

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"I wasn't caring about the shots I was shooting," said Rose, who shot 14 of 33. "My teammates had faith in my jump shots. Grant Hill was giving me space and I was taking it.

"We just kept fighting. It wasn't going our way, but we are the type of team that grinds and we are never going to stop. We knew we could come back on that team."

Coach Tom Thibodeau also had faith in Rose.

"We wanted to get him attacking the basket," Thibodeau said. "When we were attacking, it put a lot of pressure on their defense and also got us in the paint."

Luol Deng contributed 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Reserve Kyle Korver scored a season-high 24, and Joakim Noah had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Hill led the Suns with a season-high 27 points and Hakim Warrick had a season-high 23, all in the first half, including 19 in the second quarter. Jason Richardson finished with 20, Steve Nash had 14 points and 16 assists, and Channing Frye scored 16.

The Bulls never led until the first overtime, when a jumper by Rose gave then a 103-101 advantage.

But the Suns forged ahead 108-107 on a 3-pointer by Richardson. Two free throws by Frye made it 110-107 before Noah tapped in a shot. A foul shot by Richardson made it 111-109, leading to Rose's dramatic last-second basket.

Suns coach Alvin Gentry bemoaned the team's lack of awareness before Rose's tying basket.

"We had a foul to give [and didn't give it]," Gentry said.

Hill took the blame for allowing Rose to score.

"Rose went backdoor and I lost my footing," Hill said.

Richardson felt the Suns lacked aggressiveness after they got their big lead, which still was 78-60 in the third period.

"If we have a team down like that, we've got to bury them," he said. "We have to have a killer instinct. We should have beaten them and we should have buried them."

Warrick had a sensational second period, scoring 14 consecutive Phoenix points on an assortment of shots -- a jumper, a stuff, a vicious dunk, a layup and free throws. Through the first two periods, he was nearly flawless, hitting seven of eight field-goal attempts and nine of 10 free throws.

He helped the Suns open a 50-27 lead before the Bulls battled back to close the gap to 62-50 at halftime. Deng led Chicago's comeback, amassing 13 points by halftime. The Suns' 62 points were a season high for a half, as were their 36 points in the first quarter, when they led 36-17.

During the opening quarter, the Suns were extremely efficient, hitting 63.6 percent of their shots (14 for 22) and not committing a turnover.

The third period turned into a duel between Hill and Rose. The Suns' 38-year-old forward pumped in 12 points during the quarter and the Bulls' backcourt star scored 10 as Phoenix maintained its 12-point lead, 84-72.

Forward Taj Gibson was a late scratch for the Bulls, resting a tender right ankle.

Notes

  • This was the Bulls' fifth game in their seven-game "circus" road trip. They will complete their long journey Friday night at Denver and Saturday night at Sacramento.
  • Offseason acquisition Carlos Boozer, who has not played this season because of surgery on a broken right hand, is expected to return to the Bulls' lineup next month.
  • This is Chicago's 20th anniversary season of its first NBA championship. On March 12, the Bulls will welcome back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime of their home game against Utah.
  • The Suns have played 11 of their 15 games against playoff teams from last season.
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Derrick Rose can get it done on both ends of the floor. Here he rejects Grant Hill early in the third quarter.  (US Presswire)
Derrick Rose can get it done on both ends of the floor. Here he rejects Grant Hill early in the third quarter. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Chicago (8-5) «173322291012123
Phoenix (7-8)36262217104115
CHI:D. Rose 35 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 15 Reb
CHI:D. Rose 7 Ast
PHO:G. Hill 27 Pts
PHO:H. Turkoglu 10 Reb
PHO:S. Nash 16 Ast
Players of the Game
PhoenixChicago

Grant Hill

Derrick Rose
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
278135127
Chicago
L. Deng, SF5412-271-2100026
D. Rose, PG5014-336-6127635
J. Noah, C448-131-4155417
R. Brewer, SG251-21-25203
K. Bogans, SG110-40-03100
K. Korver, SG478-145-653324
J. Johnson, PF235-61-353612
C. Watson, PG151-40-00242
O. Asik, C141-12-42124
B. Scalabrine, C80-00-00120
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
C. Boozer, PFDid Not Play
T. Gibson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 50-10417-27572527123
 48.1%63.0% 
Phoenix
S. Nash, PG495-154-5516114
G. Hill, SF4712-203-481327
C. Frye, C466-142-273616
J. Richardson, SG438-221-270320
H. Turkoglu, SF344-101-3103310
H. Warrick, PF367-129-1072223
J. Dudley, SF161-60-04133
J. Childress, SF120-01-21001
G. Dragic, PG90-21-20201
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
R. Lopez, CDid Not Play
E. Clark, SFDid Not Play
G. Siler, CDid Not Play
G. Lawal, PFDid Not Play
Totals 43-10122-30492822115
 42.6%73.3% 
Other Games
Mil 81 Final
Cle 83
Phi 90 Final
Tor 106
NY 99 Final
Char 95
NJ 83 Final
Bos 89
Mia 95 Final
Orl 104
SA 113 Final
Min 109
Dal 111 Final
OKC 103
Det 84 Final
Mem 105
GS 101 Final
Hou 111
NO 87 Final
Utah 105