CHICAGO -- It must be difficult to impress Kyle Korver with long-range shooting, sort of like getting Rick Bayless to praise your homemade mole.
Korver, after all, drained 53.6 percent of his three-point attempts last season for the Jazz. That's the NBA record.
But for one night, Derrick Rose was the best long-range shooter on the floor. He drained a career-high five on just six attempts Saturday night against the Timberwolves.
"His shot looks the same every time," Korver said. "His weight is going forward, he's holding his follow-through and he has great body control."
Rose shot just 22.2 percent (16 for 72) as a rookie and improved just a tick last season, making 16 of 60 for 26.7 percent.
This season, he's at 41.6 percent, having connected on 37 of 89 enterting last weekend's games.
"He has put a lot of work into it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He gets there early and he stays late, and he does it year-round. His commitment to the game and the team is special."
Rose agreed that his surge is due to hard work, not a change in his form, and "the confidence to shoot it. They're leaving me open, so why not?"
Defenders are not leaving him open because they're generous or lazy.
"It's a pick-your-poison type of thing," Korver said. "And you know what? They'll keep daring him to shoot because he is so good at getting to the basket.
"(Teams) start the game hoping he'll be off . . . then he goes 5-for-6 and they scratch their head and say: 'What do you do?"'
When someone told Joakim Noah opposing defenders will see Rose's 5-for-6 stat line and wonder how they can possibly stop him, Noah responded: "Yeah, good call."
"He has gained more and more confidence in his three-ball," Noah said. "It's a scary thing. And in adding Carlos (Boozer), we're getting a lot of touches in the paint. When you're throwing it back, it's easier for a shooter."