The Chicago Bulls blew a 14-point lead Friday night, falling to the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, 79-74, and now trail their series 2-1.
Already without Rose, things might have gotten worse for Chicago when Joakim Noah rolled his left ankle with 7:57 left in the third quarter. He tried to play through it, but came up short in the fourth. Since game 4 is Sunday afternoon, Noah won’t have much time to recover.
Without Rose and Noah, the Bulls offense was stagnant in the fourth and the Sixers heated up after only scoring 51 points through the first three periods.
The Bulls missed 10 straight field goals over 5-plus minutes in the fourth to lose all of their 14-point lead.
Holiday scored 17 points and Turner had 16 while reserve Lou Williams added 14.
Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls and Richard Hamilton scored 17 points.
Hot: Spencer Hawes. He had 21 points (10 in the fourth) and nine rebounds and put the Sixers ahead for good with a late jumper.
Not: Bulls guards. Who can replace Rose? Nobody. Hamilton, Watson, Lucas and Korver combined to miss 28 of 36 shots.
Elton Brand. He was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting.
The Sixers outscored Chicago 36-14 in the third quarter of Game 2, then followed with a 40-point first half on Friday. Philly missed 11 of their first 12 3-point attempts and shot only 30 percent through the first three quarters.