Bulls 103, 76ers 91: Is there any other choice? With 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining of a joyous Game 1 victory April 28 at a raucous United Center, Derrick Rose jump-stopped, clutched his left knee as he rose into the air and then crumpled to the ground with a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ended his season and the Bulls playoff hopes. Saddest win ever, Kyle Korver said. When Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer said they would pray for Rose, we knew this was catastrophic injury. Twelve days later, the 76ers ended the series in six games and Rose prepared for his surgery two days later on May 12.
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