Rapid Reaction: Bulls 104, Pacers 99
April, 16, 2011
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 104-99 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at the United Center.
How it happened: Derrick Rose went off for 39 points and -- as he's done all year -- made several crucial plays down the stretch. Luol Deng made big plays of his own, scoring 18 points. Kyle Korver added 13 and hit a 3-pointer in the final minute that gave the Bulls a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Bulls were down 10 with 3:30 left in the fourth and managed to find a way to win.
What it means: The Bulls should feel good about picking up this win, but there are a lot of red flags that go up after a performance like that. Carlos Boozer didn’t have a very good game, looking shaky on defense throughout. The trademark defense the Bulls put teams away with was not there most of the game. The team did not play with the consistent energy Tom Thibodeau always preaches about. But, and it's a big but in this case, they won the game and have a 1-0 series lead heading into Monday night. Thibodeau won't be happy with the way his team performed, but he will be happy it found a way to win.
Stats of the night: The Bulls had 19 second-chance points to the Pacers’ 8. Rose was 0-for-9 from behind the arc.
What's next: The Bulls will practice Sunday afternoon before Game 2 in Chicago on Monday night.