By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 100, BULLS 89 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Despite being eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, the Knicks came out ready to compete tonight. Against the postseason-bound Chicago Bulls, known for their relentless defensive pressure, New York put together a balanced offensive effort and came away with the win.
The Orange and Blue won by turning up the pressure on defense, coming away with nine steals and forcing Chicago into 16 turnovers.
Six Knicks finished in double-figure scoring, led by Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 20. The rookie continued to bolster his case for the All-Rookie first team with another explosive night.
Carmelo Anthony (17 points), J.R. Smith (17 points, including five 3-pointers) and Tyson Chandler (12 rebounds) were among the top performers in the victory.
Knick of the Night:
Hardaway Jr. was integral to the defensive effort, snatching three steals and converting them into socring opportunities in the open court. He finished making all eight free throws he took.
After a day off tomorrow, the Knicks conclude this season with a back to back that takes them to Brooklyn on Tuesday and finishing at the Garden on Wednesday against Toronto.