Basketball: Bulls and Clippers take 2-1 leads in their play-off series

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 8, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA  
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 8, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA  

CHICAGO (AFP) - Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final.

Rose, a former league MVP, tallied 30 points with seven assists and seven rebounds while producing more than his share of highlights for the Bulls.

"When I released the ball, I felt like it was a good shot," said Rose of the game winner.

"I feel very confident in my game and being able to make those shots. It comes with the territory of being a leader."

In the late NBA game on Friday, Austin Rivers came off the bench to finish with 25 points and six rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers also took a 2-1 series lead with a 124-99 rout of the Houston Rockets.