Tonight’s win was the ultimate statement game for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. On Michael Jordan’s 48th birthday, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose solidified his status as the leading candidate for league MVP by scoring a career high 42 points in a 109-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Rose added 8 asts. and 5 rbs., shot 64% from the floor and went 6-6 from the line.
The 38-16 Bulls head into the All-star break riding a four game winning streak and a seven game home winning streak, all without starting center Joakim Noah who is currently out with a wrist injury. Since January 8th, they have the best record in the Eastern Conference and tonight they proved that they are legitimate championship contenders by beating a Spurs team that racked up a league leading 46 wins before the break.
The importance of a regular season game has come into question this week after the last place Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Tonight, the same question must be asked. Is this just one of 82 or did the Bulls make a statement to the rest of the league with their dominant victory?