Welcome back as we continue our countdown of Hawks memorable playoff moments.
#4: Derrick Rose drops 44
2011 Conference Semifinals, Game 3
Coming into the playoffs, there had been some question over whether Derrick Rose truly deserved the MVP award he won for the 2010-11 season. After all, at just 22 years old, Rose was the youngest winner of the award in league history. Let’s just say, he put all of that doubt to rest in Game 3 in Atlanta.
From the opening tip, it was obvious that Rose was on a mission, scoring 17 points in the first quarter alone, 2 of which came via a viscous slam after a nasty crossover. After a (relatively) quiet second quarter, Rose continued his hot shooting into the third quarter as his Bulls opened up a sizable lead.
When the Hawks started to mount a comeback attempt midway through the fourth quarter, Rose promptly drained two 3-pointers and put the game away for good, giving Chicago a 2-1 series lead. They would eventually win the series in 6.
Although Rose’s career will unfortunately most likely be remembered for what could have been with all of the injuries he has endured, re-watching his dominant performance in Game 3 serves as a reminder of the young superstar he once was.