Derrick Rose to miss rest of NBA season with torn ACL

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the NBA season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee...

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the NBA season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Rose was helped off the court late in Chicago’s 103-91 playoff-opening victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, a staggering blow for a team eyeing a championship run.

He scored 23 points and was playing more like the league’s reigning MVP after missing 27 games because of injuries during the regular season, but his season came to an end as the Bulls were wrapping up an impressive win.

Rose crumbled to the ground after he drove the lane with about 1:20 left and the Bulls leading by 12. He was going for a layup when he came to a jump-stop and seemed to change his mind as the 76ers’ Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen rotated over, passing off to a teammate before an awkward landing.

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Medical personnel tended to Rose for several minutes as he was writhing in pain near the baseline before helping him to the locker room. Rose was taken to the hospital, where MRI results confirmed the Bulls’ worst fears.

In the game, Rose found his touch after a slow start and also contributed nine rebounds and nine assists. Richard Hamilton added 19 points, Luol Deng scored 17 and Joakim Noah (12 points, 13 rebounds) had a double-double for Chicago.

Elton Brand led Philadelphia with 19 points. Jrue Holiday scored 16, and Thaddeus Young had 13 points. Chicago product Evan Turner scored 12 and was booed mercilessly after acknowledging he thought the Miami Heat would be a tougher first-round matchup.
Heat 100, Knicks 67

At Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points before getting the fourth quarter off and Dwyane Wade added 19 as Miami rode the strength of a 32-2 run to easily beat New York in Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal.

Mario Chalmers added 11 points and nine assists for Miami, which turned 27 New York turnovers into a franchise playoff-record 38 points.

J.R. Smith scored 17 for the Knicks, who have lost 11 straight playoff games dating to 2001. Carmelo Anthony missed 12 of 15 shots and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Baron Davis added 10 points for New York.

The Knicks lost starting guard Iman Shumpert to a knee injury in the third quarter.

Game 2 is Monday in Miami.

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