Derrick Rose winced as he descended stairs Saturday evening, a limping metaphor for a tough day at the office.His sprained left ankle in the first quarter led to a strained offensive game for him and his teammates, losers for the first time in four games in these Eastern Conference quarterfinals after a furious rally fell short....The Pacers -- and perhaps the ankle -- forced Rose into 6-for-22 shooting and just five of his 15 points after halftime, trapping him with long-armed defenders again.
The Bulls trailed 82-66 with less than four minutes remaining when they mounted a charge similar to their fourth-quarter comeback in an overtime loss here March 18. Luol Deng's three-point play with 1:36 left capped a four-point possession after Rose split two free throws on a clear-path foul, drawing the Bulls to 84-77.Noah's three-point play with 15.3 seconds left capped an 18-3 run and pulled them to 85-84. Danny Granger, who led all scorers with 24 points, sank two free throws with 14.1 seconds left.After a timeout, the Pacers thwarted the Bulls' designed play, leading to Deng chasing down a loose ball and feeding Carlos Boozer in the corner for his first 3-point attempt in more than three years.It fell short, and so did the Bulls' chances when Granger made two more free throws with 1 second left.
NBA Playoffs - East Quarterfinals: Bulls 3, Pacers 1