Derrick Rose delivered a vintage performance on Monday night, as he put the Detroit Pistons on his back and led them to a thrilling 105-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 31-year-old, former No. 1 overall draft pick rose to the occasion in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points, including a dramatic game-winner.
With the game tied at 103, Rose shook off the Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday with a smooth spin move and then hit a clutch jumper from the free-throw line with 0.3 seconds left.
Rose, who signed with the Pistons in the offseason, led Detroit on Monday night with 21 points and added seven assists and three rebounds.
Derrick Rose: ‘I’m Born To Do This S—‘
After Rose carried Detroit to their fourth win in their previous five games, he delivered the soundbite of the night on the Pistons’ local television broadcast.
“Excuse my English, but I’m born to do this s—…like dead serious this is what I do,” said a confident Rose in reply to how he felt on the final possession.
What made the game-winner that much more impressive was the fact that Jrue Holiday, an All-NBA defender each of the last two years, was guarding Rose.
“Jrue is a great defender, and I just made the right move,” Rose said after the game. “That’s all it was. When you going against somebody like that, your move has to be very precise. You have to get a lot of space when you’re dealing with a great defender like Jrue.”
Monday’s game-winner was Rose’s fourth winning shot in the final second of a game in his career. He hit two buzzer-beaters during his time with the Chicago Bulls, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 2015 playoff game and the Milwaukee Bucks in March of 2012. Rose’s most recent game-winner came on Jan. 20 of this year when he hit a go-ahead shot for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Phoenix Suns with 1.0 second left.
Rose Has Come Up Clutch in the Fourth Quarter in Back-to-Back Games
Rose has been showing off some of the moxie that made him the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2011, over the last few games for the Pistons.
Not only did Rose hit the go-ahead, game-winner on Monday but he also had tied the game with a spinning layup with 38.7 seconds left.
Rose hit 7-of-8 shots in the fourth quarter, including two from three-point range.
In the Pistons’ previous game, a 108-101 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Rose put up 10 points in the fourth quarter, including four in the final 1:14.