Knicks vs Pelicans: Derrick Rose puts team on back in win

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Derrick Rose floater black jersey over Grizzlies
Derrick Rose floater black jersey over Grizzlies

Derrick Rose put the Knicks on his back down the stretch in Sunday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring eight points in the fourth -- five on back-to-back possessions with about two minutes left to play -- and dished out the game tying assist as well.

The veteran PG finished with 23 points, five assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes off the bench.

After the game, Tom Thibodeau praised Rose for the player that he's become over so much time -- and pain -- in this league, and how he's still able to rise to the occasion when needed.

"Well that's who Derrick is, he's always been that type of guy," Thibodeau said. "He's a great teammate, always puts the team first and he's had a hell of a career. If people looked at him closely, and you see, other than the times that he was not healthy, he's played very well throughout his career.

"No moment's too big for him, he has a lot of poise under pressure. The play that he made to pull people in to set up Reggie [Bullock] .... that's what we need."

With the Knicks down three after the Pelicans made a comeback and 7.8 seconds left to play, Rose got into the lane, pulling Lonzo Ball onto him just enough to find Bullock in the corner for a game-tying three with 2.3 seconds left, that eventually led to overtime and the win.

"With this team, I don't have to do much," Rose said. "When I was in Chicago, I always had the pressure of having to score 25-30 points every night for us to even have a chance. Here, I can kind of see what the game needs and just try to adjust...It's great being on a great young team where everybody's locked in, and everybody loves playing with one another, and everybody's on the same page, and that's to win games."

"He's great in the pick and roll, he draws a lot of attention," Bullock said of Rose. "Players like myself, other shooters on my team just got to stay spaced and he's always going to make the right read. ...He kicked in out and he trusted in me to be able to knock the shot down and that's what I did. And I thank him and my teammates for continuing to tell me to shoot all night."

The Knicks are now four games over .500 and are making a strong late push for that No. 4 seed in the East, with potential home court advantage on the line in the first round.