CHICAGO — Derrick Rose was in the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls’ home opener against the New York Knicks after missing Thursday’s shootaround due to a sore neck.
He finished with a team-high 18 points in the Bulls’ 82-81 victory over New York on Thursday night.
Rose warmed up with black tape on either side of his neck, but opted not to talk to reporters. He was in his usual spot at point guard when the starting lineups were released.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said earlier that Rose has a sore neck and is a game-time decision. He also said the 2011 NBA MVP isn’t sure how he got hurt.
Rose also had six rebounds and three assists for Chicago, which led by 10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jimmy Butler had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah had 15 rebounds and five assists in a six-point night. Luol Deng finished with 17 points and Carlos Boozer 14 for Chicago.
Andrea Bargnani was in New York’s starting lineup, giving the Knicks a bigger look against the physical Bulls.
The 7-foot Bargnani had six points in 17 minutes in his first game with New York, which beat Milwaukee 90-83 in its season opener on Wednesday night. Bargnani was acquired in a July trade with Toronto. The move didn’t help, as Bargnani finished with nine points and one board.
Bargnani starts upfront alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, with Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt. Anthony had a big night, with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Chandler pulled down 19 rebounds.
Felton added 13 points and six assists in the loss.