Philly’s backcourt tandem of starter Jrue Holiday and reserve Lou Williams led the way in evening the series at 1-1. Holiday had 26 points and Williams 20 off the bench as the Sixers seized the game in the third quarter and did not look back. Their 83-69 lead after a 36-14 period was the difference.
Rose, who tore his left ACL in Game 1 Saturday, presented the game ball prior to tip off and received a rousing standing ovation. He limped on and off the court and witnessed from a suite his team come unglued in the second half.
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Joakim Noah had 21 points and eight rebounds for Chicago and John Lucas III scored 15 points. The series resumes with Game 3 Friday in Philadelphia.