Rose nets 36 – All-Star guard scores 14 in 4th quarter to put Pacers away, but knows the team must play better
The last time the Bulls worked this late with such a critical result hanging in the balance, Derrick Rose landed in their laps.
It’s been close to three years since the Bulls cashed in 1.7 percent odds to vault from the ninth spot and land the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA’s annual draft lottery, which occurred at halftime of a 2008 playoff run for which they failed to qualify.
TV scheduling placed them as the second game of Monday’s doubleheader, which meant the bounty that luck produced–Derrick Rose–and his Bulls teammates played until 11:25 p.m. local time in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Pacers.
And when the last shot had been missed and last turnover committed, the Bulls outlasted the Pacers 96-90 in an ugly, physical game that gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Thursday night in Indianapolis.
Rose scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bulls pull away in the final period for the second straight game and survive 22 turnovers and 38.6 percent shooting.
“We’re very happy to be here and wouldn’t take anything back,” Rose said. “But our play has to get better. We have to be more smooth and efficient, especially on the defensive end. We have to try harder. I feel like we’re going to get things together pretty quickly.
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