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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Derrick Rose has Bulls on top of Eastern Conference

Derrick Rose has already missed 10 games this season, testing the depth of the Chicago Bulls backcourt.


Rose has the Bulls on a roll. (Jeffrey Phelps - AP)
But since his return from a five-game break last month to deal with a back injury, Rose has produced the kind of numbers you’d expect from the reigning NBA MVP — and the Bulls have won eight straight.

Rose was at it again on Wednesday in Milwaukee, dropping 30 points and 11 assists and draining a fade-away jumper at the buzzer to lift Chicago to a 106-104 victory. At 33-8 the Bulls lead Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference standings by two games.

“It was like a kid, all the things that you dream about,” Rose said. “It felt good. You’re on the road, going against a team that’s giving you their all and you hit a nice shot like that.”

Here’s video of the shot that sparked “M-V-P!” chants around a pro-Bulls crowd at the Bradley Center...

“What a luxury to have, you don’t even need to run a play,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “You can just bring it in, throw it to a guy and he can get whatever shot he wants.”

Chicago’s mettle will be tested in full over a nine-game homestand that kicks off tonight against Orlando and includes games against the Knicks and Heat.

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