Bulls star Derrick Rose will have surgery on his right knee for the second straight season, casting doubt on whether the once dynamic point guard will ever be the same after a series of injuries.
The team announced Tuesday night that Rose was feeling pain in his knee, and an exam and MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear. The 2011 NBA MVP played in only 10 games last season before he had surgery for the same injury in November 2013, shelving him for the year, but the Bulls said a timetable for his return will be determined after the operation.
It’s unclear when Rose, 26, reinjured the knee. He appeared to be rounding into form last month, averaging 22.6 points over his final 14 games before the All-Star break, but he had struggled since returning to the court after the time off.
Rose had 8 points on 1-for-13 shooting while playing almost 33 minutes in Monday night’s 87-71 victory over Milwaukee. He averaged 10.7 points on 23.5 percent shooting in Chicago’s first three games after the break.
It’s quite a blow for the surging Bulls, who have won six of seven and appeared to be picking up steam.
Rose has been dogged by injuries since he won the MVP award. He was limited to 39 games during the 2011-12 season, and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against Philadelphia. He missed the next season altogether, and then last season was cut short by the right knee surgery.
Rose, 26, is averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists in 46 games this season.
Mavericks 99, Raptors 92 — Monta Ellis scored 20 points and host Dallas rallied past Toronto to extend its winning streak to three, its longest since early January.
Dallas point guard Rajon Rondo sat the final 20 minutes after having words with coach Rick Carlisle during a timeout. Rondo was dribbling past midcourt about four minutes into the third period when Carlisle called out to Rondo and then called timeout.
Dallas’s backup backcourt provided 27 points — 14 from Devin Harris and 13 from J.J. Barea.
Cavaliers 102, Pistons 93 — Kevin Love tied a career-best with eight 3-pointers for 24 points and LeBron James added 19 points and 11 assists as visiting Cleveland rallied in the second half to beat Detroit.
Love fell just one short of teammate J.R. Smith’s record of nine 3-pointers against Detroit. Love missed both his two-point attempts.
In the second quarter, James broke Scottie Pippen’s NBA record for career assists by a forward. He tied Pippen’s record of 6,135 by finding Timofey Mozgov for a dunk, then broke it when he found Love for an open 3-pointer.
Warriors 114, Wizards 107 — Stephen Curry returned from a one-game absence and scored 32 points as visiting Golden State got past Washington.
Curry missed Sunday’s loss at Indiana with a sore right foot but played nearly 34 minutes against the Wizards, hitting 11 of 18 field goal attempts, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Paul Pierce led the slumping Wizards with 25 points, including 18 in the second half. Washington has lost four straight and 9 of 11.
Thunder 105, Pacers 92 — Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and host Oklahoma City defeated Indiana for its seventh straight win and third in a row without Kevin Durant.
Westbrook claimed his third triple-double of the season and the 11th of his career, despite resting for the entire fourth quarter.