Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night, giving the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Cleveland had just tied it on a thre-pointer by J.R. Smith with 10.8 seconds left when Rose came through with the winner.
He took the inbounds pass from Mike Dunleavy Jr. on the sideline after Chicago called time with 3 seconds remaining. Rose then dribbled past the top of the key before burying a wild shot over Tristan Thompson, drawing a mob from his teammates and a deafening roar from the crowd.
LeBron James scored 27 points for Cleveland and passed Tony Parker, Steve Nash and Larry Bird for fourth on the career playoff assists list. He had 14 in the game, giving him 1,073.
Smith, who came off the bench, was in uniform for the first time since he hit Boston's Jae Crowder in the face in the opening round. He felt he let his team down by doing that, particularly since the Cavaliers had already lost Kevin Love to a season-ending shoulder injury in that game.
"We were already short-handed with Kevin coming out and then (I) miss two games where I could say I could have helped, so it's tough," he said.
Smith swung backward and smacked Crowder during Cleveland's series-sweeping victory in Game 4. He was ejected and later suspended.
The Cavaliers had already lost Love earlier in the game. He was chasing a loose ball when he got tangled with Boston's Kelly Olynyk, who yanked down on his left arm.
Without Love and Smith, the Cavaliers dropped Game 1 against the Bulls in Cleveland before winning Game 2 on Wednesday.
"Watching the games at home knowing what the team is going through, knowing what we're doing, knowing how pregame is in the locker room, the camaraderie that we have before games and after the games and not being out there on the floor," Smith said, "that by far is the lowest point."
He said he muted the TV because he did not want to hear his name mentioned in a negative light. Smith also said he has been trying to get in extra work to stay in game shape.
Smith hadn't played since April 26, though Cavs coach David Blatt wasn't worried that having to reintegrate him will be a problem.
"It's an addition and a positive one. To that, there's no negative side," Blatt said. "We're getting one of our main guys back, a guy who knows how to play, a guy who's been a big contributor."
Iman Shumpert also was in the Cavaliers' starting lineup. Shumpert had strained his left groin in Game 2.