Memphis Grizzlies' Nick Calathes, center, heads to the basket past Chicago Bulls' Tony Snell, left, and Erik Murphy during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Monday, October 07, 2013 11:37 pm
Boozer leads Bulls over Grizzlies
The Associated Press
Derrick Rose added 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes for Chicago (2-0). He made his lone 3-point attempt and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points for Memphis (0-1) while Ed Davis had 13.
Rose, a three-time All-Star, was pleased with his all-around performance. He said he felt better in the second half.
"I wasn't winded, I surprised myself," he said. "I guess I'm in (great) condition."
Rose scored 13 points in an 82-76 win at Indiana on Saturday, his first game in over 17 months. Rose tore his left ACL on April 28, 2012.
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was happy with Rose's progress from his first outing.
"He's feeling great and you're seeing those explosions to the basket," he said. "You could tell he had a good rhythm going."
Rose delighted a crowd of 13,497 with a coast-to-coast drive in the first quarter that culminated with a driving, spinning layup. He hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter in the middle of a 26-13 run that put the Bulls in front to stay.
"The first half, I was kind of jittery," Rose said. "Second half, I felt more relaxed. I'm just trying to get my timing back."
Chicago scored 37 points in the third quarter to erase a 45-44 halftime deficit.
Rose spent most of the game guarding Memphis' Mike Conley, who finished with eight points on 2-of-8 shooting.