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Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose speaks out on game-winner vs. Suns

Derrick Rose

With 22 seconds the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns were tied at 114. Then, Derrick Rose happened.

Just when everybody thought that the game was heading to overtime, Derrick Rose hit a fadeaway jumper to give the win to the Timberwolves.

Rose had another impressive outing against the Suns, scoring 29 of his 31 points in the second half, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. He also shot 12-of-24 from the field.

And when it was time to win, he was ready to take charge.

In a postgame interview with The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, Rose gave credit to the support he’s constantly getting from his teammates and coaches.

“It was all up to my teammates and the coaches for giving me that confidence, putting the ball in my hands and just believing in me. That’s what it was all about.”

Suns rookie Mikal Bridges did his best to try defending Derrick Rose in that final sequence, but the former MVP just took the challenge head-on.

“It was a rook sticking me, right? A rookie. C’mon I gotta go at him in that situation.”

Rose continues to rejuvenate his career with the Timberwolves, averaging 19.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. This has been his most productive and successful season since suffering back-to-back knee injuries during his stint with the Chicago Bulls six years ago.

He’s prime to make the Western Conference All-Star team this year, ranking second among guards in terms of the number of fan votes received.

And his performance against the Suns just proves that he deserves every single one of it.