Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/28/12

CHICAGO -- A routine playoff victory took a nasty turn for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday afternoon.

With about 1:15 remaining in a 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Derrick Rose drove toward the basket, came to a jump stop with both feet, then fell to the ground grabbing his left knee.

After staying on the ground for about three minutes, Rose was helped to the locker room by a pair of Chicago trainers. The extent of his injury was unknown as the game ended.

Up until that moment, any questions about Rose's health seemed to be answered during Game 1 of this first-round playoff series at the United Center.

The Bulls' three-time all-star missed 17 of the regular season's final 22 games because of groin and ankle injuries. After a slow start in the first quarter, Rose produced 23 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

Chicago led by as many as 20 points several times in the fourth quarter, so there wasn't a compelling reason for Rose to be on the floor in the final two minutes.

Overall, though, this was quite a change from last year's playoff opener. The Bulls played a sub-.500 Indiana squad in the first round and needed a 16-1 run in the final 3:30 to escape from a 10-point deficit.

Philadelphia seemed to be within striking distance in this one, trailing 79-66 heading into the fourth. That was before Kyle Korver opened the final quarter with a pair of jumpers and a free throw from Taj Gibson gave the Bulls their largest lead to that point at 84-66.

Richard Hamilton, in his first playoff game for the Bulls, added 19 points and Luol Deng scored 17. Forward Elton Brand led Philadelphia with 19 points.

The Bulls got off to a quick start, delivering a 10-0 run after Sixers guard Jrue Holiday opened the game with a 3-point basket. When Philadelphia tied the score 28-28 early in the second quarter, the Bulls answered with a 9-0 run.

Rose hit 1-of-7 shots in the first quarter, then heated up and scored eight points late in the half. Joakim Noah tipped in a Rose shot to give the Bulls' their largest lead of the first half at 53-40 with 36.9 seconds left before halftime.

With 4:36 left in the third quarter, Carlos Boozer got tangled up with Sixers guard Evan Turner after a foul was called. In the ensuing verbal skirmish, Rose, Hamilton and Brand were given technical fouls.

NOTES: The Sixers started rookie Lavoy Allen at center in Game 1. ... Fans at the United Center booed Turner, a Chicago native, who said last week he'd rather play the Bulls than Miami in the first round. Turner was also a high school rival of Bulls guard Derrick Rose. ... Philadelphia coach Doug Collins on why his team slumped at midseason after starting 20-9: "It's called weaker opponents," he said. ... Collins was head coach of the Bulls from 1986-89, while Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was a Philadelphia assistant from 1994-96. ... The 76ers have dropped their last five playoff series. ... Game 2 is Tuesday at the United Center.

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