Chicago just wrapped up its season-long nine game road trip and took the Celtics down to the final seconds without Derrick Rose in the lineup.
Even without the reigning MVP available, C.J. Watson has kept the Bulls atop the Eastern Conference in his absence.
Sunday in Boston, Watson played a season-high 42 minutes and kept Chicago in the contest, posting 22 points, connecting on three shots from beyond the arc along with six assists and two rebounds.
The productivity without Rose is nothing new for the 27-year-old guard out of Tennessee.
Watson has averaged 15.6 points and 6.4 assists per game as a starter and the Bulls have posted a 4-1 record.
Available in over 85% of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues, Watson will be the starter indefinitely as Rose is seeking a specialist to deal with his back spasms.
Prior to this season, Rose missed just six games in three seasons, Sunday marked the seventh time he was unable to play this year.
The Bulls have more than a serviceable backup in Watson, as he is averaging 10.4 points, 4.3 assists and two rebounds per game this season.