Amidst the boos and the jeers, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are still comfortable playing in Chicago.
Rose and Noah contributed to the New York Knicks 117-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls Friday night in a triumphant return to the Windy City. Rose had a double-double– 15 points and 11 assists– while Noah had 16 points and nine rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony combined for 52 in the win.
Both Rose and Noah received loud ovations from the United Center crowd during pregame introductions, although there were some boos mixed in for Rose. The Chicago native also was booed every time he touched the ball in the first couple of minutes.
The Bulls played a video tribute to Rose and Noah during the first timeout.
Dwyane Wade led Chicago (3-2) with 35 points on 12-for-20 shooting and Jimmy Butler added 26 points.
New York, perhaps inspired by the homecoming, sprinted to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter and had a 32-23 edge entering the second.
Chicago rallied for a 57-56 halftime lead behind Wade’s 19 points, but the Knicks regrouped for an 84-81 lead after the third. New York then broke things open by scoring 10 straight to open the fourth for a 94-81 lead with 9 minutes to play.
The Knicks led by as much as 98-83 before the Bulls rallied within 108-102 with just under 2 minutes to go. But Rose ended any hopes of a comeback with a three-point play on the next possession.