Bulls Vs. Pacers, Game 3: Derrick Rose, Bulls Up Three Games After Close Victory

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Final Score: Derrick Rose Leads Chicago To Narrow Victory

Playing another tight quarter, the Bulls and the Pacers played for the win down to the final seconds of the game. Ultimately, the Bulls came out on top, 88-84. Tied at 84, Derrick Rose, a possible MVP candidate, made the go-ahead shot with 17 seconds left in the game. He drove through the lane and was able to sink the basket--even with three Pacers converging on him.

Rose didn't have a good night shooting from the field (4-18), but he kept finding the free throw line, making 13 of his 15 attempts. He finished with 23 points and four steals. Luol Deng also had the scoring touch on Thursday night, putting 21 up on the board. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah were around the glass all night, pulling down 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

The Pacers could have used better shooting from beyond the arc, connecting on just one of 10 shots. Collectively it wasn't a great night shooting for either team, but the Pacers came out on the wrong end as a result. Outside of Danny Granger's 21 points on 10-of-21 shooting, there wasn't much there for Indiana. Reserve guard Dahntay Jones was second in scoring with 11 points, while Paul George grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Pacers will play for their playoff lives on Saturday at home as Chicago took a commanding 3-0 lead in this series.

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Luol Deng's 21 Points Keeps Chicago Ahead

The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers continue to play a close game in the second half of Game 3. The Bulls hold just a one-point lead, 65-64, heading into the final quarter of play.

There was some physical play in the quarter from Carlos Boozer and Jeff Foster, the latter making contact with the Bulls' Derrick Rose in the paint. It led to a minor gathering around the free throw line, but went no further. Foster also sent Luol Deng to the floor with an elbow to the head.

The Bulls took a four-point lead, 63-59, with less than two minutes left on the clock as a result of a Dahntay Jones foul on Rose, who was in the process of shooting a three. Rose made all three free throws, but Jones came back with a layup and the free throw to bring it back to one. Deng and Mike Dunleavy exchanged points to bring us to the current score.

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Chicago Forces Halftime Tie After Early Slip

The first quarter of Game 3 between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers looked to be going the way of the first two early on, with the Bulls building a small lead. Indy came back to lead by as many as five toward the end of the half, with the Bulls eventually tying it back up at 42-42.

Luol Deng has 14 points and five assists (!), with nobody else really towering over the box score at the moment. Danny Granger and Josh McDowell lead the Pacers with nine points each.

Chicago's biggest problem has been turnovers. They've coughed the ball up 12 times already, with four of those coming at the hands of Derrick Rose, who has just one assist.

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Bulls Vs. Pacers, Game 2: Will Chicago Need Another Derrick Rose Bail-Out?

The Indiana Pacers, losingest NBA Playoffs combatant in recent years, have hung with the Chicago Bulls, winningest team of the season, for two games in their first-round series. Yet the Bulls have two wins, thanks in no small part to Derrick Rose, the presumptive MVP (and No. 4 Most Improved Player, as it were) who has been downright dominant in the closing minutes of each game of this series.

The Bulls weren't supposed to need Derrick Rose to be, well, Derrick Rose, not against the Pacers. Indiana's best player is either Danny Granger -- a scoring wing who alternately isn't aggressive or refuses to pass; when he does pass, it's consistently about two feet from where his teammate could actually use it; on defense, he's such a minus Coach K benched him with glee in Turkey -- or Roy Hibbert -- a man who'd make a bouillabaise look consistent. Or it could be Darren Collison, the lightning bug point guard who as frequently looks like a bug splattered on Rose's figurative windshield as he does lightning. Or Tyler Hansbrough, a bizarre little of mass/mess of activity who shoots and jumps like a frog. You see the problem, yes?

In this series, perhaps Paul George, the anonymous rookie from Fresno State, has been the most important Pacer. He managed to cuff Rose for much of Game 2, working against the Bulls' incessant stream of pick-and-roll action hard and with smarts. But on offense, he's a bit of a disaster; Indiana had the ball in George's hands on one late crucial possession, and the rook just botched it completely, eventually committing a turnover.

That this collection of mad men has had the Bulls on the ropes in Chicago twice is nothing less than shocking. The Bulls were a masterful road team all season -- they were masterful everywhere, really -- and a place like Indiana shouldn't jingle their nerves, not given the talent disparity. But the Pacers have done something crazy twice in a row. Shall we make it a third?

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