Derrick Rose fought through a poor shooting night to step up in the clutch in sending the Bulls to a victory on Thursday night against the Knicks. Before hitting the game winner, Rose had missed 16 of his first 22 shot attempts. He received a pass on the right wing, open for a deep 3, but drove to the basket and extended a floater over the outstretched arms of Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler to give the Bulls a one point lead. Carmelo Anthony, who struggled through a poor shooting night himself going 8-24 was unable to redeem himself in the final seconds missing a last second shot with his foot on the three point line. I would have liked to see Anthony get something going toward the basket (he had about 5 seconds when he caught the ball at the top of the key), but he settled for the long jumper. Derrick Rose’s health is not a question at all as he looks explosive and decisive on cuts. I look for him to build on the momentum of his heroics in the coming games.
In the second game of Thursday nights double Header, the Clippers bounced back from their poor showing against the Lakers in dominating the Warriors 126-115. They had a solid grasp on the game from the second quarter on and despite a three point barrage from Steph Curry early in the 4th quarter, they held on to win in what looks to be the two teams that will battle for the Pacific Division crown this season. Chris Paul was amazing on Thursday night, scoring 45 points, dishing out 15 assists and adding 6 steals, all while helping to force Steph Curry into 11 turnovers. The turnovers were obviously the lowlight of Curry’s night, but he did manage to drop 38 points on 9-14 three point shooting.
The best part of this game was a 40 second stretch where Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for three steals which led to three consecutive Chris Paul to Blake Griffin alley-oop passes. In classic Lob City fashion, each of the three plays was better than the previous. Enjoy: