Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Derrick Rose shines in postseason
By Steven Glasser, ESPN Stats and Info
Derrick Rose scored 36 points last night in the Chicago Bulls' 96-90 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Rose, who scored 39 points in Game 1, is the first Bull with back-to-back 35-point playoff games since Michael Jordan in 1998. Rose had been 0-2 in his previous two career Game 2s, averaging just 16.5 ppg.
The Bulls have won 11 straight overall, spanning the regular season and postseason. The Bulls outrebounded the Pacers by 24 in Game 2. In only one regular season game this season did the Bulls outrebound a team by more -- they were +25 in a win against the Dallas Mavericks. The Bulls went 26-2 this regular season when they outrebounded their opponent by at least 10. They've done it in both games against the Pacers. The Pacers have never come back to win a seven-game series from a 2-0 deficit. They're 0-4 in such series.
FROM ELIAS: It was Rose’s fifth career 30-point game in the playoffs (in his 14th postseason game), tying him with Scottie Pippen for third place on the Bulls’ all-time list of 30-point playoff games. Bob Love ranks second with 13 such games for Chicago from 1971 to 1975. Rose is a long way from reaching Michael Jordan’s franchise record and NBA playoff record of 109 30-point games.