Pacers never felt comfortable with Rose

April, 16, 2011
4/16/11
4:14
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger sounded as if his team needed a protection order to stop the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose.

Indiana led most of Saturday's game until Rose took charge in the fourth quarter and ignited a 104-99 Bulls win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Rose finished with 39 points.

Granger was asked if there was ever a point Indiana felt like it had won the game.

"With Chicago, no," he said. "With Derrick Rose on their team, no.

"It's like a crazy, stalker ex-girlfriend. Every time you tell her you don't want to talk to her, she shows up at your door again. We kept making runs one after another and they kept coming back."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5