By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 83, BULLS 78 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
After holding Chicago to a season-low 32 points in the first half, and after building a 23-point lead in the third quarter, the Knicks found themselves in a tie game with under three minutes to go. Despite an already injury-riddled and offensively-challenged roster that played tonight without Luol Deng, the Bulls whittled their way back by grinding the Knicks to a halt in the second half.
But an Amar'e Stoudemire 18-foot jumper, his 13th and 14th points of the night, and seven Carmelo Anthony free throws later, the Knicks had pulled it out. They took care of business.
Unlike the last two games, they jumped out of the gate in this one. Up 9-2 four minutes into the contest, they had established a tone of unselfishness that they would continue throughout the game. Anthony continued his torrid scoring streak, dropping 30 points and 10 rebounds against the Deng-less Bulls.
In many ways, New York beat Chicago at its own game, clamping down on defense to force 16 turnovers. Kenyon Martin led the way with four blocked shots and his usual impsoing physical presence.
Knick of the Night:
It's a tie between the Knicks' two most decorated stars, Anthony and Stoudemire. Melo helped on the boards against Chicago's front line; STAT continues to score the ball efficiently, (7-of-11 shooting), and tonight he managed nine rebounds in a season high 30 minutes.
The Knicks head to Boston for a Friday rematch with the Celtics team that beat them soundly this past Sunday.