Rose tops Melo
Bulls 82, Knicks 81
Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are at very different points in their careers as they entered their matchup Thursday at United Center.
Rose was playing his first home game since tearing his ACL and missing all of last season. He got a very loud ovation as he came onto the floor and continued to show flashes of his brilliance along with rust of playing at the NBA level full time after a year off.
Anthony is on the doorstep of free agency and has said he will test the waters, but also his commitment to try to attract other stars to the Big Apple. He said he would be opening his rolodex this summer after settling his own free agency future and trying to get his friends to join him. That might be easier said than done.
And there are still issues to resolve with this year's team. Anthony still might need a little bit of help.
It was Anthony who spearheaded the Knicks comeback in the fourth quarter as they worked to get out of the deficit that plagued the team the entire game. New York turned to Anthony one last time after Derrick Rose put Chicago up one point with a few seconds to play on a baseline floater.
Anthony though could not create enough in that time frame. He took a long two with his toe well over the 3-point line that missed without any doubt to give the Bulls the cathartic win in Rose's first game at United Center.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points on 8-for-24 shooting. Raymond Felton had 13 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 as the only other players to give Anthony must scoring support. Derrick Rose got 18 points and three assists as he works his way back into regular season play.
Gores expects Pistons to win
Pistons vs. Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
The Pistons made quite a splash this summer in acquiring Brandon Jennings and signing Josh Smith. It appeared to be a clear sign that Detroit was pushing for a Playoff berth this season in the Eastern Conference. There is the expectation from owner Tom Gores for this team to win and continued faith in Joe Dumars to deliver that winner. Even though the road has been bumpy for the last few years.