Despite five turnovers, Derrick Rose posted the best game score in the NBA, according to Basketball-Reference.com, with 39 points on 13-for-17 shooting, 3-for-5 on 3-pointers, a perfect 10-for-10 on FTs to go with five assists and a block in the East Champion Bulls (60-20) 102-99 win over the Magic (50-30) in Orlando on Sunday afternoon.
D-Rose's Amazing NBA-Best 39-Point Performance to Lead Bulls Win in Orlando (Video)
He didn't just exploit an opponent without arguably the most dominant player in the NBA, Dwight Howard, but dominated every one of their deficiencies and sent the message that Orlando has no answer for the MVP candidate. Whether Rose is the 2010-11 MVP is arguable, but what is becoming more and more uncontroversial is that he is one the most adept at taking over a game -- that even if it arguable whether he is the most exciting player in the NBA, he is one the more special talents this league and the game of basketball has ever seen.
This 22-year-old leader is more than highlights and hype. He's the on-court leader of one of the most serious contenders for this season's NBA Championship with an awesome killer combination of skills and a fighting will.