Rose: We knew it was going to be tough

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose once again said Monday that his team will try to learn from a close victory over the Indiana Pacers, although the lesson seems to be clear that this is going to be a tougher series than many expected.

Rose scored 36 points in leading the Bulls to a 96-90 win and 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

“We knew it was going to be tough. They’re a good team,” Rose told TNT after the game. “They finished the regular season strong, and we’re just happy that we won tonight. We almost lost because of turnovers, just blessed to get this one.”

Rose committed six of the Bulls’ 21 turnovers.

“If anything watch film, learn from it and come out and play strong and play defense and be aggressive throughout the whole game,” he said, when asked what can be done to win in Indianapolis.