Rose: My confidence was high

May, 4, 2011
5/04/11
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By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


Derrick Rose's tweaked left ankle was fine, and so was his confidence as he scored 25 points and dealt 10 assists to lead the Bulls to an 86-73 win over the Atlanta Hawks to even the series at 1-1.

"My confidence was real high and the rest of my teammates came out and played wonderful," Rose said on TNT after the game. "Everybody played a good game."

After Joe Johnson scored 34 to lead Atlanta to a Game 1 win, the Bulls held Johnson to 16 in Game 2.

"We made sure we were in front of him," Rose said. "He's a great player, and we had to make sure we contested all his shots, rebound the ball and run."

As far as his ankle, Rose, who was 10-of-27 from the field, said: "I'm good. I just missed some shots I normally make."

The series shifts to Atlanta for the next two games with Game 3 on Friday.

"We have to come out and be aggressive the whole game like we did tonight, make sure we put a lot of pressure on them and play team basketball," Rose said.

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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