By Taylor Armosino, Knicks fan since '03
The Knicks rode a 13-game winning streak into the Windy City to face the Bulls on Thursday night. Like Miami weeks earlier, New York saw its win streak come to an end in a hard-fought battle with the blue-collar Bulls.
Undermanned due to injury, the Knicks gave a strong effort tonight, as Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith both recorded double-doubles. New York was just a bit off shooting the ball - hitting only 33% from downtown - and was unable to contain ex-Knick Nate Robinson. Both teams missed on opportunities to win the game in the final 24 seconds, so we got free basketball. In overtime, the Knicks seemed to run out of gas - shooting just 3-for-11 from the floor - and the Bulls prevailed as the victor.
This matchup had the feel of a playoff game. The Knicks got off to a hot start before the Bulls clawed their way back into the game. Down the stretch, both teams hit big shots as key players logged big minutes. Of the 10 starters in the game, five played more than 45 minutes. At the very least, this was a good tuneup game for the Knicks with the playoffs just around the corner. Because they were shorthanded due to injury, guys like Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni logged more minutes against a good team than they might usually play. This will benefit the Knicks down the road as those guys will be better prepared if called upon in the postseason.
Here are my five takeaways from the game.
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