NBA wrap: Derrick Rose gets 'MVP' chants; Spurs edge Nuggets

The Timberwolves guard got "MVP" chants from Bulls fans as he returned to the city where he played eight seasons.

Derrick Rose (R) scored 24 points and handed eight assists against Chicago Bulls.   -  (Getty Images)

After the NBA's marquee teams and biggest stars gave fans a Christmas Day feast on Tuesday, the rest of the league returned to action on Wednesday. And some players were clearly more pumped than others.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose made a triumphant return to Chicago Bulls, where he starred for eight seasons, scoring 24 and handing out eight assists in a 119-94 win over the Bulls. The crowd greeted Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, with chants of "MVP" during his performance.

"I had to crack a smile ... it meant a lot," Rose said afterward (via NBCS).

In one of the night's biggest games, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 111-103. The loss knocked Denver (21-11) out of first place in the Western Conference. It is now a half game behind the Golden State Warriors, which was idle.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 as the Spurs (19-16) won for the fifth time in six games.

 

Studs of the Night

High-scoring sixth man Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 37 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a double-overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Timberwolves' win over the Bulls.

 

Devin Booker poured in 35 points to help the Phoenix Suns escape with a 122-120 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Rookie star Luka Doncic scored 21 points and added 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 122-119 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kent Bazemore scored 32 points in the Atlanta Hawks' loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Dud of the Night

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray made only four of his 19 shots and had a minus-20 rating in Denver's loss to San Antonio.

Highlights

Hassan Whiteside spins his way to a big dunk

 

How does Derrick Rose hit this shot?

What's Next?

Celtics (20-13) at Rockets (18-15) 8 p.m. ET — A nice inter-conference matchup that would have fit right in with the marquee slate on Christmas. After a rocky patch in late November and early December, the Rockets have now won seven of eight. However, Chris Paul is out with a strained groin and James Harden is questionable (bruised calf). The Celtics are coming off a big overtime win against the 76ers on Christmas Day, led by Kyrie Irving (40 points).