Bulls Vs. Pacers: Derrick Rose Powers Comeback As Chicago Takes Game 1, 104-99

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Bulls Vs. Pacers, Final Score: Derrick Rose Scores 39 To Help Lead Chicago To A Comeback Victory Over Indiana

Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Granger threatened to steal the show for Indiana, but Derrick Rose turned in an MVP type of performance while helping the Bulls to a 104-99 come from behind victory. The Pacers were primed for a game one upset until a Kyle Korver three-pointer with 48.4 seconds remaining gave the Bulls their first lead of the game. 

Rose finished with 39 points while putting the Bulls on his back for much of the game finishing 10-23 from the field and a staggering 19-21 from the free throw line. Rose also collected six rebounds and six assists in the game. Joakim Noah was quiet for much of the day but made his presence known late when the Bulls and Rose needed him the most. After Indiana had taken a ten point lead with just over three minutes to go in the game, Rose found Noah on a fast break dunk that electrified the United Center crowd. 

Danny Granger scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half while Tyler Hansbrough chipped in 22 for the Pacers. Darren Collison finished with 17 points, nine assists, and six rebounds, but wasn't nearly the factor down the stretch that he was in the first half. 

In addition to Rose's 39 points, Luol Deng totaled 18 while Carlos Boozer has 12. Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. 

Indiana took a ten point lead with just 3:38 to go in the game before the Bulls' defensive pressure took over. The Pacers couldn't find a good look at the basket over their final possessions and were powerless to stop the Derrick Rose train once it started rolling. 

For specific Bulls analysis, visit Blog a Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana.

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Bulls Vs Pacers Score: Derrick Rose Scores 18, Chicago Trails 55-51 At The Half

Derrick Rose might be the NBA's MVP this season, but Darren Collison is showing no fear, helping lead the Indiana Pacers to a 55-51 lead over the Chicago Bulls. Rose has been outstanding with 18 first-half points but Chicago looked lost when he went to the bench. The play of Collison and reserve A.J. Price has the Pacers looking for an upset. Collison and Price combined for 21 points and five assists helping to offset the good first half from Rose.

Chicago got very little from its supporting cast besides for Rose's 18 points. Carlos Boozer picked up his third foul early in the second and spent the rest of the half on the bench for Tom Thibodeau. Boozer has 10 points in 12 minutes for the Bulls. Rose has been magnificent but is going to need contributions from the likes of Luol Deng ( 2 points) and Boozer if the Bulls are going to hold off this upset attempt by the Pacers. 

Despite Chicago's struggles offensively, it has been their performance defensively that will be most troubling for Tom Thibodeau. Indiana has routinely gotten good looks at the basket and shot 50% from the floor in the first half. Even when the Pacers did miss, they gobbled up eight offensive rebounds. In addition to Collison's 15 points, Roy Hibbert has 10, and three other players all have six. 

For specific Bulls analysis, visit Blog a Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana.

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