Bulls Point Guard Derrick Rose Makes Aggressive 20-Minutes Return From Long-Term Injury
Indianapolis, IN (Sporting Alert) — Derrick Rose scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half on his return to competitive basketball and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 82-76 in an NBA preseason game on Saturday night.
Rose, returning from a torn ACL injury that sidelined him for almost 18 months, played for 20-minutes before spending the rest of the time on the bench.
He went 5-of-12 shooting from the field and finished with 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
The 2011 MVP also had four turnovers in the win.
“You can run all you want and condition all you want but it’s nothing like playing in a game and getting that game-type of wind,” Rose was quoted as saying. “I really can’t give a time limit on when I should have my wind.
“It may take two to five games. It might take up to the regular season. But as long as I’m playing in these games, I’m going to push myself every game and every practice until the regular season so I’m ready.”
Taj Gibson led the Bulls with a game high 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, while Luol Deng finished with 15 points and eight boards.
Jimmy Butler was also in double digit scoring, ending with 11 points to go along with his six rebounds and three steals.
David West and Paul George both had 14 points for the Pacers, with Roy Hibbert adding 11 points and nine rebounds in the defeat.
Chicago Bulls: T. Gibson 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk
Indiana Pacers: P. George 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None – TEAMS: None – COACHES: None
Officials: Ken Mauer, Leroy Richardson, Brent Barnaky
Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse