The first chant of ''M-V-P'' came less than five minutes into the Bulls' game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
It wasn't long after that the calls for Brian Scalarine started coming. Without a doubt, Derrick Rose and the Bulls were energized by the home crowd in their 113-90 blowout of the hapless Bucks.
Except the home crowd was at the Bradley Center. In Milwaukee.
''I thought the crowd tonight was amazing,'' said Bulls guard Kyle Korver, who scored 18 points and hit 4-of-8 three-point shots. ''It was like a college crowd. It was rowdy. And it was all for us.''
It's not unusual for Bulls fans to be heard at the Bradley Center. But they dominated the sellout crowd of 18,717 on Saturday night. And Rose and his teammates took notice.
''It's great,'' Rose said. ''Our fan base is unbelievable. I want to thank all of them that came out and supported us. It means a lot, not only to me, but to our team and the organization.''
''I've played in Milwaukee for five years now and I couldn't believe how one-sided it was,'' said Bulls center Joakim Noah, who played with noticeable energy and contributed 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds.