Bulls pull ahead, Blackhawks on thin ice

April 19, 2011

by The Associated Press and City Room

(AP/Jonathan Daniel)
The Bulls' Derrick Rose puts up a shot on his way to a game-high 36 points against the Indiana Pacers Monday night

Derrick Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls pulled out another dramatic victory over Indiana, beating the Pacers 96-90 on Monday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Rose scored eight points over the final 4 minutes. Kyle Korver nailed another big 3-pointer to make it 90-85 with just over a minute left after hitting the tiebreaker in the opener. A.J. Price hit three free throws with 23.4 seconds left after being fouled by Rose to cut the lead to 90-88. Luol Deng quickly answered with two of his own to make it a four-point game. Ronnie Brewer added two more after a missed 3 by Mike Dunleavy, and Chicago, which made their last 16 free throws, hung on to go up 2-0 in the series. The teams meet again Thursday evening in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vancouver Canucks are in control with a 3-0 lead, threatening to sweep the defending Stanley Cup champions out of the playoffs. They play again Tuesday night in Game 4 at the United Center.

Vancouver's depth and physical play have been major factors in the series. So has Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who helped turn away five of Chicago's seven power plays in a 3-2 win Sunday night.

Brent Seabrook says he's OK after a hard hit from Vancouver's Raffi Torres during Sunday night's game. But after watching replays, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman said it was obvious Torres drove him to the ice with a hit to the head during Game 3 of the first-round series. In his first game back after a four-game suspension, Torres was called for interference and did not draw a major penalty.