Friday, December 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 110, Knicks 106
By Nick Friedell
NEW YORK -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 110-106 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
How it happened: Luol Deng led the way with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah almost rattled off his second straight triple-double, scoring 15 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists. Kirk Hinrich played his best game of the season, scoring 16 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. This game had a lot of the same bad blood that made the Bulls-Knicks rivalry of the ‘90s so much fun to watch.
What it means: This was one of the Bulls' most impressive wins of the season. They didn't close out in the manner they would have liked, but they controlled the tempo most of the game by suffocating the Knicks defensively. The Knicks struggled to find a rhythm as the Bulls repeatedly contested shots throughout the night. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, but he missed 15 shots and eventually picked up his second technical foul for arguing. Deng and Jimmy Butler played tight on him all night as the Bulls got into the Knicks' head. Noah and Knicks center Tyson Chandler got into a dustup as Chandler swung his elbows at Noah and the emotional Bulls center tried to head butt Chandler but missed. All in all, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has to be happy with the emotional intensity his team played with, but he has to be concerned about a possible suspension coming Noah's way.
Hits: Marco Belinelli had 22 points on the night. He continues to gain confidence on the floor and it shows.
Misses: Butler and Nate Robinson combined to go 6-for-19 from the field.
Stat of the night: There were four ejections on the night. Noah, Chandler, Anthony and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Saturday night when they take on the Atlanta Hawks. They'll be looking for their third win in a row.