What a time to be a Timberwolves (or D-Rose) fan.
Last night, D-Rose set a new career-high by scoring 50 points in a 128-125 win over the Utah Jazz. The Timberwolves were without 3 key players, in starters Jimmy Butler and and Jeff Teague and reserve point guard Tyus Jones. This explains why Rose was able to play 40 minutes in the best game of his career. Rose eventually finished the game with 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 clutch block.
Rose started out the game on fire, scoring 10 of the team’s first 12 points, with the other two being an assist to Taj Gibson. He had both of his steals in the first quarter, finishing with 13 points and 4 assists. He also had 1 turnover and was 1-of-3 on free throws. The second quarter was Rose’s worst quarter. He scored only 3 points and recorded 1 assist on 1-of-5 shooting. He also had 1 turnover and split free throws after a foul.
Rose scored 19 points in the third quarter alone, bringing his total up to 35 at the end. He improved his efficiency and could not be stopped by Jazz defenders. By the end of the quarter, he only needed 7 more points to tie his regular season career-high, in which he scored 42 back in 2011.
Rose did not come in to start the fourth quarter. In the 1 and a half minutes he was gone, the Jazz quickly went on a 6-0 run. Rose was subbed in with 10 minutes left, and played the rest of the game. “Pooh” got off to a rough start, having 3 turnovers in just 1 and a half minutes of play. He later on bounced back, bringing his total up to 41 points with 6:44 left. This looked promising for Rose as he only needed 1 more point to tie his season career-high, and 3 more to tie his playoff career-high. However, for the next 3 minutes, he went scoreless.
Rose drilled a step back three in the corner to reach 44 points. Then, down 1 with 56 seconds in the clock, he successfully fakes Gobert to bring the total to 46 points. He then turns around for a shot to bring the TWolves lead to 2 with 30 seconds left. He was fouled with 14 seconds left on the clock, and sinked in 2 free throws to give him 50 points. After a crazy sequence which involved 2 3-pointers and 2 offensive rebounds by the Jazz, Rose was able to seal the game by rejecting Dante Exum’s corner 3 with 2 seconds to go. And the Timberwolves won.
Rose’s story here is all about hard work. After being considered as a liability on both ends of the floor and as one of the worst guards in the league, Derrick has proved the critics wrong. Scoring 50 points after being “washed up” and past his prime is definitely a great sight to see.
Stars from all over the league, coaches and other celebrities have congratulated Rose on this well-deserved achievement of his.
s/o to @drose for the 50 piece tonight!!!— Chris Paul (@CP3) November 1, 2018
And here’s a whole video on it.
Here's how fellow NBA players around the league reacted to Derrick Rose's career-high 50 points: https://t.co/JGZeQEIMEN— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 1, 2018
Never give up kids.