The NBA is truly where amazing things can happen.
There was no truer example of that than what transpired on Wednesday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves took on the Utah Jazz. In a game that Jimmy Butler chose to sit out, guard Derrick Rose had a career night in which he scored a career-high 50 points to help lead the Timberwolves to a 128-125 victory.
With tears streaming down his face, the emotional Rose said that he “played his heart out” in Wednesday’s contest.
Rose finished the game with 50 points on 19-of-31 shooting while dishing out six assists, grabbing four rebounds, and recording a pair of steals. The 2011 NBA MVP also knocked down four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. If that wasn’t enough, Rose blocked Dante Exum’s three-point attempt in the final seconds on a spectacular close out to seal the win for Minnesota.
Entering Wednesday’s contest, Rose was averaging 14.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.0 rebounds while shooting just 38.5 percent from the field. In 41 minutes against the Jazz, the former Chicago Bulls standout scored more points than he had in his previous four games combined. Rose did score 28 points earlier this month against the Dallas Mavericks, but that was the only other game in which he eclipsed the 20-point mark.
It’s hard to blame Rose for getting emotional considering that he’s had multiple knee surgeries after being the league MVP. It’s safe to say that NBA fans were treated to a performance for the ages on this night.
Career-high 50 PTS | Game-winning block
— NBA (@NBA) November 1, 2018