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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Without Rose, Bulls Trampled At Home by 76ers

The Chicago Bulls looked meek without reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose Tuesday night, losing at home to the Philadelphia 76ers 109-92 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

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.

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.

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