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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 100, Bulls 89

By Nick Friedell



NEW YORK -- Let's take a quick look at how the New York Knicks earned a 100-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

How it happened: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 points to lead the Knicks, while Raymond Felton added 14 points and seven assists as New York snapped the Bulls' seven-game winning streak. Joakim Noah was the bright spot again for the Bulls and came up just short of another triple double in racking up 13 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. With the loss, the Bulls fall back into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Toronto Raptors. They only have two regular-season games left.

What it means: This was a bad loss for the Bulls. If it means in a few days they get out of a potential showdown with the Miami Heat in the second round, then it could be a blessing in disguise. But that would mean they get past a solid Brooklyn Nets team in the first round. The reality for the Bulls is that they didn't play well on either end and turned the ball over way too many times to beat a Knicks team already eliminated from playoff contention. Tom Thibodeau is going to hate the way his team failed to execute in this one; they simply didn't play defense and take care of the ball the way they have been lately.

Hits: Jimmy Butler had a solid game, chipping in with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Misses: D.J. Augustin was just 3-for-13 from the field.

Stat of the night: Turnovers: Bulls 16-Knicks 9.

What's next: The Bulls get right back at it when they take on the Orlando Magic on Monday night at the United Center.