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The Derrick Rose Show: Bulls Upend Defending Champs; Steal Home Court

Published by on April 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Last year Boston fans watched their beloved Celtics roll over the Atlanta Hawks in the opening game of the playoffs 104-81, beginning what would be a magical postseason culminating in a championship. Flash forward to present day. Boston fans were treated to another jaw dropping performance by Derrick Rose.

The Bulls' rookie point guard, playing in his first playoff game, carried his team to a 105-103 overtime victory against the favored Celtics. Rose, just 20-years-old, scored 36 points,  tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points scored by a rookie in his NBA playoff debut, and adding 11 assists. He hit all 12 of his free throw attempts. 

Engaged in a battle with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (29 points, 9 ...

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