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Bulls miss Rose in defeat

Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Lou Williams added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Chicago, 109-92, Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls' first game since Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury.

In another Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Paul Pierce battled through a tough shooting night to score 36 points and the Boston Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half even without Rajon Rondo, stunning the Hawks, 87-80.

Rose, the superstar point guard, could only watch as the 76ers simply blitzed the Bulls in the third quarter.

They outscored Chicago 36-14 in the period, turning an eight-point deficit into an 83-69 lead.

Holiday was 11 of 15 from the field, and the Sixers shot 59 percent overall. Williams came up big, going 8 of 13 after hitting just 1 of 6 shots in the opener, and Chicago product Evan Turner chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Elsewhere, Amare Stoudemire's difficult season may be over.

Stoudemire had a small muscle in his left hand repaired Tuesday after being badly cut when he punched a case surrounding a fire extinguisher and will not play for the New York Knicks in Game Three of their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Thursday.

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