The Bulls protected their home court by beating the 76ers, 103-91. However everything that happened in the game was overshadowed by what happened in the closing minutes.
With just over a minute left in the game, Derrick Rose drove to the basket but his knee buckled. He immediately went down and after a few minutes was helped to the locker room. He was reported after the game that he suffered an ACL tear and is done for the season.
With that injury the 76ers were given a second life.
The Bulls held the 76ers-leading scorer Lou Williams to just nine points and held All-Star Andre Iguodala in check. Iguodala had 11 points but five of those came from the free throw line as he shot 3-11 from the field.
The only starter that performed well was power forward Elton Brand. He led them in scoring with 19 points and added in seven rebounds and four blocks.
For the Bulls, besides Rose who nearly had a triple-double, they got a great game from Richard Hamilton. He scored 19 points on 6-7 shooting and made life very difficult on whomever was called upon to guard him.
They also got solid games from both Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. Noah grabbed 13 rebounds and recorded a double-double with 12 points. Deng also added six rebounds to go along with his 17 points.
Kyle Korver and Thaddeus Young were the big bench contributors for each team. Young scored 13 points for the 76ers and provided some much needed energy, while Korver scored 11 and actually provided some solid defense.
It will be interesting to see how the Bulls react without having Rose in the lineup. Rose missed the final matchup of the regular season between these two teams and C.J. Watson did pretty well. He scored 20 points and went 4-8 from beyond the three-point line as the Bulls won 89-80.
Can the Bulls defend their home court or will the 76ers head back home with the series tied 1-1?
Tip-off is at 7:00 PM central time and can be found on TNT or ESPN 1000 AM.