Bulls rally behind Rose's 39 points, winning pass

April 18, 2011 - 0:0

Never mind what everyone else was thinking, Derrick Rose insisted he didn't expect the Chicago Bulls to roll over the Indiana Pacers.

They certainly didn't in Game 1.
Rose scored 39 points and found Kyle Korver for a tiebreaking three-pointer with 48 seconds left, helping top-seeded Chicago stage a late rally to beat the Pacers 104-99 in their playoff opener on Saturday.
""We knew it was going to be a hard game,"" Rose said. ""From the beginning I guess we weren't prepared for it. Next time, we'll be ready.""
For the Pacers, the loss was tough to accept. They controlled most of the game, but couldn't put it away. Indiana's Danny Granger never felt safe.
""With Derrick Rose on the other team? No,"" Granger said.
Trailing 98-88 in the final period, the Bulls showed why they had a league-best 62-20 record, closing with a 16-1 run over the final 3:38.
Rose scored seven during the impressive finish, including a three-point play and a floater that tied it at 99 with 1:27 left. He then hit Korver with a cross-court pass for a three that gave the Bulls their first lead at 102-99.
""Derrick made a great read,"" Korver said.
Granger then missed a three and Joakim Noah got the rebound. Rose hit two free throws to seal it.
(Source: DailyStar)