Playing their second back-to-back on their seven-game road trip, the Chicago Bulls got down by as much as 23 points against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. But that didn't stop them from playing with a purpose, leading to a double OT win.
Let's take a look at what led to the big Bulls road win, along with what's next for the Bulls, who have two more games left on their infamous circus trip:
Stud of the Night: Derrick Rose; 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists on 14/33 shooting. 1/5 from the three-point line, and 6/6 from the free-throw line. 50:19 minutes played.
Although it took Rose 33 shots for his 35 points, most of his shots came in the flow of the offense. Rose's mid-range shot, normally money, was a bit up and down on Wednesday. He would go through hot stretches with his jumper, but then also be off on a few.
Rose carried the Bulls when they needed a lift, and found a way to make clutch plays late in the 4th quarter and in the overtimes.
Rose, who ended up fouling out late in the 2nd overtime, had a tough time guarding the pick-and-roll, often times ending up guarding Grant Hill or Hedo Turkoglu.
Nonetheless, Rose, as he has several times this season, led the Bulls on a night where they came out very flat.
Step up Preformance of the Night: Kyle Korver; 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 8/14 from the field. 3/7 from the three-point line, and 5/6 from the free-throw line. 47:02 minutes played.
One night after shooting 1/6 from the field (0/4 on three's), Korver really stepped up his game on Wednesday, making the most of his season-high 47 minutes.
Against the Lakers, Korver couldn't buy a bucket. Known as a good shooter, Korver missed many wide-open looks late in the 4th quarter on Tuesday night. However, against the Suns, Korver had his shot going, cashing in on most of his open looks, and even hit clutch free-throws when the Suns were trying to extend the game in both overtimes.
After having a hot start in his Bull debut during the preseason, many Bulls fans thought a big season was coming from the overlooked offseason acquisition, but Korver has gotten off to a slow start thus far this season.
More games like Wednesday night will definitely get the sharp-shooter in good graces with Bulls fans.
What else is new?: Joakim Noah had another outstanding game against the Suns, who have a very small team; he scored 17 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and even had 2 steals.
Noah, barring an injury, should be an easy All-Star selection this season. Noah has really expanded his offensive game-- from jump shots to finishing inside to dishing it to the open man, Noah has really become a guy who can be trusted with the ball in key spots.
Noah also stole the ball from Nash twice during the 4th quarter, something that's quite a rarity for Nash.
I've ran out of superlatives for Noah; if he stays healthy this season, he's an easy All-Star in my eyes. He helps the Bulls out in multiple facets of the game, something centers around the NBA struggle to do.
Hakim Warrick? The same one the Bulls made a mid-season trade for last season?: That's right, Hakim Warrick of all people had a big night against the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Warrick came off the bench and gave the Suns a big spark. He scored 23 points, however, all of his points came in the first-half, with 19 coming in the 2nd quarter.
The Bulls didn't have an answer for Warrick defensively, and he got several open looks thanks to Nash's drives.
This was definitely not the active, strong Warrick we saw with the Bulls last season, but that can also be due to his lack of playing time, and touches, with the Bulls.
Overall, Warrick had a great, surprise game. But a positive to take is that the Bulls regrouped at halftime and found a way to limit Warrick, as he didn't score a single point in the second half.
Final Thoughts on win: The Bulls, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, stayed resilient all night, and stuck together as a team.
It's very fun to watch this Bulls team never give up, and even better when they're winning against playoff-caliber teams.
They could have easily took the night off after being down by as much as 23 points on the road. But they didn't, and have put themselves in a position to having the first winning record on the circus trip since the Micheal Jordan era.
What's Next: Bulls @ Denver Nuggets on Friday night. 8:00pm C.S.T. CSN/ESPN 1000.
The Nuggets will look for revenge against the Bulls, after losing by 2 points earlier this month to the Bulls at the United Center.
Clearly, the second game of this upcoming back-to-back, against the Sacramento Kings, is the much more winnable game for the Bulls. But if the Bulls can find a way to beat the Nuggets, which they are capable of doing, it would give them a chance at a 5-2 record in a road trip that has haunted them for a decade.
Hopefully, Taj Gibson, who sat out against the Suns, will be ready to go by Friday night. The Bulls will definitely need him to bang down low with the plethora of big men the Nuggets have.