Rapid Reaction: Bulls 88, Pacers 84
INDIANAPOLIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls pulled out an 88-84 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
How it happened: Derrick Rose scored on a driving layup to the give the Bulls a two-point lead with 17.8 seconds left. It was a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Rose did not play his best game by any stretch, going 4-for-18 from the field, but he made the biggest play of the night when it mattered most -- for the third game in a row. He finished with 23 points. Luol Deng played a solid game, finishing with 21 points.
What it means: The Bulls will gain even more confidence from this game, considering Rose did not have a good offensive night. Neither did Carlos Boozer who was 2-for-10 and scored just four points. The Bulls' defense was solid when it had to be though, and the Rose and Kyle Korver once again made big shots when it mattered most. In spite of the ugly game, Tom Thibodeau has to be ecstatic to be up 3-0 in this series. The Bulls continue to find ways to win, which is the mark of a good team.
Stats of the night: The Bulls were outscored 38-16 in the paint.
What's next: The Bulls will hit the practice floor on Friday afternoon before Saturday's Game 4.