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Daily Gossip, Tuesday 23/12/14

Derrick Rose has had countless critics when it comes to his fitness over the last three years. And in that time, Rose has not let those critics get the better of him. Well now, the Chicago Bulls man has gently released some steam.

ROSE: THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN TAKE ME OUT OF THE GAME

No matter what you do: D-Rose will bounce back.

The Chicago Bulls guard was back to his best on Monday in their 129-120 win over the Eastern Conference’s number 1 ranked team, the Toronto Raptors. He scored 15 of his 29 points in the final quarter and the Bulls man was scoring in multiple ways.

Via CSN Chicago:

Rose had arguably his best performance of the season, scoring 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls topped the East-leading Raptors, 129-120, in front of a sellout crowd at the United Center…

Rose played the final 7 minutes of the fourth quarter, reeling off eight points in a two-minute span with an array of jumpers, floaters and drives to the basket that turned what had been a see-saw fourth quarter into a runaway win for the Bulls.

Rose stepped into his jumpers. He attacked the basket with ease. And he played within the offense, feeding off of screens from Joakim Noah and a three-guard lineup the Raptors had no answer for down the stretch.

“There’s no way you can take me out of the game, no matter what you do,” Rose said. “I’m just that confident.”

Rose connected on a 20-footer to open his scoring, and two trips later hit a running floater to extend the Bulls’ lead to three, 98-95. He then hit a pair of contested jumpers to balloon the margin to six, the Bulls’ biggest of the night to that point.

Later in the period he drew multiple defenders in the paint and found Noah wide open underneath the basket to finish with a slam. Rose then put the finishing touches on his dominant quarter with five straight points that pushed the lead to 10 with two minutes to play.

The end result for Rose was 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting. The Bulls scored a franchise-record 49 points in the quarter, with 34 of those coming in the final seven minutes with Rose on the floor. The Bulls didn’t miss a shot from the field with Rose leading the offense, and though Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry added 18 of his 34 points in that final stanza, he couldn’t match Rose’s relenting confidence.