Derrick Rose reasserted his status as the Chicago Bulls' offensive leader, scoring the winning bucket in a 82-81 victory over the New York Knicks in first week action in the NBA.
The star point guard, who is coming back from a serious knee injury and played his first game in 18 months at the United Center in Chicago Thursday night, drove along the baseline and lofted a shot over the outstretched arm of Knicks center Tyson Chandler and into the basket with 5.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Rose, who had had neck stiffness in recent days and was uncertain for the game, ended the night with 18 points on an inefficient 7-of-23 from the field.
The Bulls led until the final stages of the game, when Knicks swingman Iman Shumpert was fouled after stealing the ball from Rose and made two free throws that knotted the game at 80-80.
New York later took a brief lead on a Chandler free throw with just under 11 seconds remaining, just prior to Rose's heroics.
Forward Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls, while the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 22 points.
The centers were dominant on the glass, with Chicago's Joakim Noah and Chandler grabbing 15 and 19 boards, respectively.
Both teams' records now stand at 1-1.
In one other NBA game Thursday night, the Los Angeles Clippers outgunned the Golden State Warriors 126-115. EFE