Bulls Vs. Hawks, Game 3: Derrick Rose Has Career Game As Chicago Cruises, 99-82

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Bulls Vs. Hawks, Final Score: Derrick Rose Scores Career-High 44 Points As Chicago Rolls, 99-82

A game removed from an ankle tweaking that had Chicago fans concerned, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose rebounded with perhaps the best game of his young career. The reigning MVP put up a career-best 44 points in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the Bulls beat the Hawks by a 99-82 score.

Rose scored his 44 points within 38 minutes on the court, shooting 16-for-27 with four three-pointers. He also dished seven assists and pulled down five rebounds. Joakim Noah was terrific in a supporting role; though he only scored two points, he was good for 15 rebounds and five blocks in a huge defensive effort.

The Hawks couldn't find an answer for either man, as Rose's shots kept falling and Noah's presence made inside scoring a tough undertaking. Jeff Teague added 21 points and Josh Smith added 17, but the Hawks were out-rebounded 47-34, and center Al Horford wasn't a serious scoring threat until the game was effectively out of reach.

The Bulls now lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one. Game 4 will tip off in Atlanta at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Bulls blog, Blog a Bull, and our Hawks blog, Peachtree Hoops.

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Bulls Vs. Hawks Score: Derrick Rose, Chicago Take 56-43 Lead Into Halftime

On Friday night, the Chicago Bulls spent the first half of Game 3 dominating the Hawks in Atlanta. With both teams looking to get a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bulls lead at halftime, 56-43.

After scoring 17 points in the first quarter alone, reigning MVP Derrick Rose heads into the locker room with 21. He took a few minutes off in the second quarter, at which point the scoring was spread around to the likes of Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, and C.J. Watson. Overall, the Bulls are out-rebounding the Hawks, 24-16, and are shooting 52.3 percent from the field.

The Hawks are led in scoring by Jeff Teague, who has 13 points, and Joe Johnson, who has 10. Atlanta really needs a big game from Al Horford Friday night, but so far, the center has only four points.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Bulls blog, Blog a Bull, and our Hawks blog, Peachtree Hoops.

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