The Bulls came away with a much-needed win after dropping six of eight and handed the defending champions their most lopsided loss of the season.
The Central Division leaders broke this one open in the third quarter, outscoring the Spurs 31-20, and snapped San Antonio's four-game win streak.
Rose, who called out his team after Monday's loss at Cleveland, backed it up by going hard to the rim and hitting nine of 16 shots. He led six Bulls in double figures.
Jimmy Butler scored 17.
After giving up at least 102 points in six of the previous eight games, Chicago held San Antonio to 37% shooting. The Spurs'
Rose had it going right from the start with 15 points in the first half, and Chicago headed to the locker room with a 46-40 lead that was about to get much bigger.
Tony Snell converted a three-point play with 17.3 seconds left in the second quarter to start a 14-2 Bulls run that made it 57-42 early in the third. The Bulls stayed in control the rest of the way, putting aside the chaos for at least one night.
The recent struggles combined with Rose's criticism and a meeting between the players and Coach
There is speculation that Thibodeau's job is in jeopardy and that he is losing the locker room. But Spurs Coach
"He's not going to lose any team," Popovich said. "I think you guys just have to have stories. So somebody loses a few games, there's got to be a reason. I guess that's the one that was picked. Sometimes players listen to me. Timmy stopped listening to me a long time ago. I don't even coach him. You guys think I'm kidding. He just plays. I talk to him once in a while, but sometimes some guys don't want to hear it. But as far as the team and being lost and that kind of thing, that's not what's happening here."
Utah 101, at Milwaukee 99:
The Bucks had a final opportunity when an officials' review awarded them the ball out of bounds under the basket with 7.1 seconds left.
Enes Kanter had 23 points for the Jazz.
Boston 90, at Portland 89:
Avery Bradley had 18 points to lead the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard had 21 points and seven assists to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost five of their last six as they struggle with injuries to their front line.
The Trail Blazers were hit before the game with the news that three-time All-Star