76ers And Rose-less Bulls
Published: May 2, 2012
76ers And Rose-less Bulls, Playing without injured superstar Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls were humbled 109-92 by Philadelphia on Tuesday in an NBA playoff stunner that exposed major weaknesses by the league’s winningest team.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points and Lou Williams came off the bench to score 20 points for the 76ers, who had the worst regular-season record of any NBA playoff team but evened the first-round Eastern Conference series at 1-1.
“Just a disappointing effort overall,” Bulls center Joakim Noah said. “We didn’t play well offensively. We didn’t play well defensively. We got our ass kicked. We will see what we are made of.”
Chicago, which had won 50 games in the regular season to seize a home-court edge throughout the NBA playoffs, must travel to Philadelphia for games three and four of the best-of-seven series on Friday and Sunday.
Momentum swung to the 76ers after the Bulls struggled without Rose, who suffered a torn left knee ligament in the final seconds of Chicago’s game-one triumph on Saturday.
Rose, last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player, was lost for the remainder of the playoffs and the Bulls missed his firepower, leadership and playmaking skills during a drought of 11 consecutive missed shots in the second half.
“It was different (without Rose),” Noah said. “There are no excuses though. We know we can play better than that.
“I feel determination. I feel frustration. It’s disappointing but we live to fight another day and there’s a lot of basketball yet to be played.”
In another Eastern Conference game, Paul Pierce scored 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Boston over Atlanta 87-80 to level that series at 1-1.
Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Celtics, who were without injured shooting guard Ray Allen and suspended point guard Rajon Rondo, serving a one-game ban for bumping into a referee in game one. (ABS CBN News)
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