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Rose, Bulls Show '91 Champs It's Their Turn to Make Franchise History

By Angie Wiatrowski in News on Mar 13, 2011 3:30PM

It seems rightfully so that the Bulls would climb into the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference tying Boston on a night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise's first championship. With Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and other '91 champs watching, Derrick Rose, and the Bulls showed their elders that it's their turn for a championship as they beat the Utah Jazz 118-100 Saturday night.

Derrick Rose was hot as always, scoring 17 points (as much as the entire Jazz team) in the first quarter as the Bulls jumped to a 37-17 lead right off the bat. Rose finished with 26 points and helped Chicago set a franchise record with 18 3-pointers, sinking 5 of 11 3-pointers himself.

Luol Deng also scored 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Joakim Noah had 16 points and 9 rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 17 and C.J. Watson scored 16 with 8 assists.

The Bulls missed Carlos Boozer for a second game with a sprained ankle, but didn’t miss the net. They shot 52.6 percent overall, hitting 18 of 32 3-pointers and grabbed their 13th win in 15 games and inched even closer to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls will have a couple days to cool off, but not too much as they will go for their seventh, yes seventh consecutive victory as they host the Washington Wizards Tuesday.