Game 3 Recap: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers

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The Bulls took a stranglehold on the series, taking a 3-0 lead last night, thanks to Derrick Rose’s late game heroics yet again. With 18 seconds to play Rose drove past Dahntay Jones to hit a layup that would give Chicago an 86-84 lead that would prove to be enough. Danny Granger missed a contested 3-pointer that could have given the Pacers the lead and Luol Deng knocked down two free-throws to close the scoring on the night at 88-84.

Rose struggled from the floor yet again going 4-18, but as he had in the first two games was on target from the free throw line going 13-15 and finished with 23 points. Luol Deng had another solid all around game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Carlos Boozer’s shot wasn’t falling, going 2-10 from the field, but helped out on the glass with 11 rebounds. Joakim Noah had a typical game for him with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Kyle Korver continued to kill the Pacers with 12 off the bench, including two big jumpers down the stretch that helped key a comeback when Chicago cheap Without Prescription Ampicillin was down by five.

Danny Granger again led the Pacers in scoring with 21 on 10-21 shooting, but for the second game in row did not get much help in support. Tyler Hansbrough had his second straight poor shooting night, going 3-12 and only contributed 10 points. Dahntay Jones did not play in game 1 or 2, but came off the bench to play well chipping in with 11. Darren Collison answered the questions about whether or not he’d return to the lineup after injuring his ankle in the last game, but clearly wasn’t 100% and it showed as his lateral quickness wasn’t what we’re accustomed to seeing. Paul George didn’t have much of a game offensively, but played well other wise leading Indiana in rebounding with 12 and added 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The difference in this game, as in the previous two, were that the Bulls have Derrick Rose and the Pacers have not yet seemed to figure out how to close out games. For the third straight game the Pacers had a lead late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t put the game away and send the fans at Conseco home happy and with a sense of hope that Indiana could pull off a series upset. For the third straight game it was Derrick Rose shaking off a poor shooting performance to make a play down the stretch when it counted.

Something has to change on Saturday or the Pacers’ first playoff series in five years will end in a sweep. Either they have to figure out a way to protect a lead down the stretch, if they are fortunate enough to have one. Or they need to figure out how to keep Rose out of the lane and off the charity stripe, where he’s been living in this series. The Pacers have gone 48-62 from the line. Rose himself has been there 49 times, making 44 of them.

Rose pulls Chicago to within one game of a series sweep

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