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Morning Box Score: Rose Drops Career-High, Sox Still Stuck

By Angie Wiatrowski in News on May 7, 2011 2:30PM

Bulls 99, Hawks 82

It was no surprise when Derrick Rose was named the NBA's MVP, and now that the award is behind him, he doesn't sit back, relax and enjoy the postseason; he pushes forward. Rose finished with a career-high 44 points as the Bulls took the lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals beating the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 Friday in Game 3.

Rose made 16 of 27 shots from the field, including 4 three-pointers. He also had 7 assists, 5 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The bench mob still played a key role in Friday's game and the Bulls had a 47-34 rebounding edge. Joakim Noah led the way with 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Taj Gibson had 13 points and Kyle Korver added 11. Rose was the only starter in double figures.

The Bulls now lead the series 2-1 and put Atlanta in a must-win situation for Game 4 Sunday.

White Sox 2, Mariners 3

The White Sox just can't catch a break. What happened? The South Siders continued to sink and lost their third straight game as they opened a series vs. the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Friday night.

White Sox starter Phil Humber gave up just three hits (all doubles) and 2 runs in 7 innings and Carlos Quentin hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning. But the Sox couldn't get past that and have made quite a habit of disappointment at the plate. This was the 20th game in the last 22 where the Sox failed to score more than four runs.

Chicago continues their three-game series in Seattle Saturday.