The Chicago point guard tied a career high with 42 points. He scored 19 in the fourth quarter, made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, then blocked a shot to force overtime.
The Indiana Pacers bounced back in the extra period to beat the Bulls 115-108 on Friday night and snap Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.
Rose helped the Bulls overcome a 20-point, second-half deficit to force the extra period.
“I’ve seen a lot of teams that would have sort of come out in that overtime in a fog after that type of comeback by Chicago,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys didn’t do that. They kept their composure, their poise and handled their business in overtime.”
“He carried them all season, he has my MVP vote,” he said. “I think he’s probably the most dominant player we’ve played against this year.”
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was unhappy with his team’s effort.
“We’ve got to do a lot better,” he said. “This is a step backwards. We’ve got to come out ready to play.”
It was Hansbrough’s third game of the week with at least 29 points. He had back-to-back games of 29 and 30 points in wins over the New York Knicks on Sunday and Tuesday.
The Pacers struck quickly in overtime. Hansbrough scored in close, then stole the ball from Rose, leading to a layup by Collison that put Indiana ahead 106-102.
Granger made a 3-pointer to push Indiana’s lead to 109-102. Rose’s layup with 43 seconds left cut it to 111-108, but he fouled out trying to stop Josh McRoberts’(notes) dunk attempt with 24 seconds to go. McRoberts made both free throws to give Indiana a 113-108 lead.
Rose made the first of two free throws with 58 seconds remaining in regulation to cut Indiana’s lead to 102-99.
Rose dribbled against Collison, and Collison fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left. Rose made all three free throws to tie the score, then blocked Granger’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Vogel said he wasn’t worried heading into the extra period.
“We outplayed them for most of this game,” he said. “We’ll outplay them for five more minutes.”
Chicago held Indiana to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls allowed more than 100 points for just the second time in 13 games. It was a subpar effort for a team that leads the league in scoring defense.
“The only quarter we played defense was the fourth,” Thibodeau said. “So you usually get what you deserve.”
It was the last regular-season meeting between the teams, but Rose wouldn’t mind getting revenge.
“That’s a team we could possibly see in the playoffs,” he said. “I can’t wait to play them again.”
Notes: Hansbrough had 13 points in the first quarter, and the Pacers led 31-21 at the end of the period. Indiana shot 58 percent in the first 12 minutes. … Former Pacers Rik Smits and Derrick McKey attended the game. … Earlier in the day, Pacers president Larry Bird presented Dario Franchitti a ring for winning last year’s Indianapolis 500.
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