Derrick Rose was left in tears after scoring 50 points in Wednesday’s Timberwolves 128-125 win over the Utah Jazz.
Rose turned back the clock to display his 2011 MVP performance when he last scored more than 40 points in a game. On Wednesday, the 30-year-old did it all. He scored from distance, converted free throws and scored points at the rim. When the game was over, the Timberwolves were 4-4 this season and Rose was up in tears.
When asked what the game meant to him, Rose said, “Everything, I worked my ass off, bro. I went and did this for the franchise, the organization, the fans, everybody man. I played my heart out. My teammates told me before the game, just play my game. And tonight was a hell of a night.”
James Butler was conspicuously missing from the Timberwolves team as he opted not to play in pursuit of a trade out of Minnesota. Point guard Jeff Teague was also sidelined, leaving Rose to rise up and reignite the stardom that once defined him.
The 30-year-old has been in and out of the NBA with injuries. But on Wednesday, he showed the world just why no one should ever give up. In addition to the 50 points he scored, Rose made six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a last-minute block against the Jazz.