Bulls In Haiku: Pacers 89, Bulls 84

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It was a rough Saturday for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (Tribune photo by Chris Sweda) 

A twisted ankle
Costs the Bulls a playoff sweep
Now they'll win at home
Derrick Rose wasn't quite himself after spraining his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday's game.
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, who never held a lead all afternoon, did manage a great comeback late in the game, but they fell short ...
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.
The Bulls will try to finish off their first round opponents on Tuesday night back home at the United Center

NBA Playoffs - East Quarterfinals: Bulls 3, Pacers 1

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