Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose Extend Win Streak To 8, Beat Nets 84-73

March 17th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
As Derrick Rose goes, so go the Chicago Bulls. Tonight's game against the New Jersey Nets was not their best offensive performance, but the defense was outstanding as the Bulls beat the Nets 84-73 to extend their overall win streak to eight straight. It also marked their fifth straight win by double digits, the longest such streak since the Jordan era.

The win put the Bulls back on top of the Eastern Conference by half a game behind the Boston Celtics. The Nets beat the Celtics earlier this week to drop Chicago into a tie for the top spot initially. 

Tonight's game featured arguably the league's two best point guards, Derrick Rose and Deron Williams. Rose won the battle, though it was Williams' line more than his own that shows how. While Rose was held to 21 points on eight-of-23, shooting by Williams, Rose defense was even better on his opponent.

Williams was only one for 12 on the night with five points. Rose also forced Williams into four turnovers and blocked two of his shots.  For most of the game Rose was on Williams giving him few opportunities to score and forcing him into passing. To Williams credit he did have 11 assists ...

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