The Chicago Bulls are moving on to Round Two of the playoffs. They dominated the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 Tuesday night, 116-89.
After the game, Coach Tim Thibideau told reporters the team was taking the series one game at a time.
"In the playoffs, every win is hard to get. You gotta earn 'em," he said. "And so I liked our mentality today. I thought our practices were good. Our guys had done a good job of getting ready."
Derrick Rose got in foul trouble early in the game, but he still led in scoring with 25 points. He seemed just fine after spraining his left ankle in Game 4, hitting 8 of 17 shots.
Rose dominated in the early going and came up big in the third after the Pacers pulled to within four points of Chicago. He scored 10 points over the final six minutes, and Chicago ended the quarter on a 23-8 run to blow the game open.
Luol Deng added 24.
The Bulls will play either Orlando or Atlanta in Round Two of the playoffs.