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Bulls pull away from Hawks for 3-2 series lead [Video]

May 11, 2011 |  8:48 am

Derrick Rose played like the NBA's MVP, scored 33 points and was particularly effective down the stretch as Chicago finally pulled away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 95-83 victory Tuesday, giving the Bulls a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

A Game 6 win in Atlanta on Thursday will put the Bulls in the conference finals for the first time since Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson and company put the finishing touches on their second NBA championship three-peat back in 1998.

"We can't get tired or bored," Rose said. "We know that going down there, they're going to give us their all. I think we have to come out and play our way -- defense first and make things tough on them. We're a good team when we have pace to us."

Check out the highlights from Tuesday night's game.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.