Courtney Lee had 14 points for NY, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds in his first career start. His team was eliminated from play-offs contention last week with a dismal 29-48 record.
NY put 29 on the Bulls in that first quarter, and in the second stanza the problems moved to the offensive side, as the Bulls shot 5-for-20 (25 percent) from the field and were outscored 25-16. Chicago owns the tiebreaker, putting them in seventh in the standings while in jumps over the Miami Heat for the 8-seed. Need I remind everyone that Allen Iverson carried his Philadelphia teams year-after-year to the playoffs without much help - including the 2001 National Basketball Association finals where his second best player was arguably Eric Snow. By connecting on 54.5 percent from the floor, NY established a strong offensive attack that included 18 team assists in the first half of play. They have won three of their last five games, and as a result, they have moved up the standings.
Jumping on the Bulls in the first half and taking a 25-point lead, it was ugly throughout and the Bulls barely recovered to shoot under 40 percent.
Teams such as the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are fighting for position with rosters that pale in comparison to the one Anthony is now working with in NY. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 10 points while Courtney Lee and Justin Holiday each added right. The Knicks also seem ready to move on from Anthony, who sat the prior two games with a back injury.
"During the four-game winning streak, we were very good on the glass".
The Knicks held former players Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant to a combined 11 points on 5 of 13 shooting. Kyle O'Quinn grabbed 12 rebounds, helping NY to a 53-36 advantage on the glass.
"We missed a lot of shots that we had been making and we let it affect us on the other end", Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. With Kristaps Porzingis (back) being unexpectedly ruled out, Anthony could see an increase in usage and could see time at both forward spots to make up for a lack of healthy bodies in the frontcourt. (Tuesday night) we just got kicked on the boards. In Sunday's victory at New Orleans, the Bulls had a season-high 32 fast-break points and managed to score 23 points off the Pelicans' 12 turnovers. He is the key and the most important factor that can persuade Dwyane Wade to return home to Chicago Bulls.