By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
BULLS 82, KNICKS 81 | United Center
How it happened:
For most of the night, the Knicks were able to dampen the Derrick Rose homecoming festivities by building a wall and containing his penetration. When he got the ball and drove from the right wing with under 10 seconds left in the game and the Knicks up one, they nearly did it again.
But Rose, who had to take 23 shots to get his 18 points, came through when it mattered, dropping a high-arching floater over the outstretched arms of Tyson Chandler to give the Bulls a decisive lead. Carmelo Anthony's last-second three from the left wing glanced off the rim as time expired, dropping the Knicks' record to 1-1 on the young season.
To even be in a position to win was a testament to the Knicks' toughness, as they trailed by as many as 13 points but refused to quit. For the second straight game, New York's defense kept them in it, but unlike last night against the Bucks, they were able to recapture the three-point stroke that carried them last season to propel the comeback.
In both halves, the lineup of Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., Anthony and Chandler made runs to cut into Chicago leads. When Woodson stuck with them down the stretch, they came up with key stops and had good spacing on offense, which opened things up for Melo.
Knick of the night:
Chandler was absolutely sensational tonight. He was in 2011-12 form, when he won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, finishing this one with 19 rebounds and four blocks to go with seven points.
The Knicks head home tonight, with practice tomorrow and then Minnesota at the Garden to look forward to on Sunday.