Sunday, April 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 100, Bulls 99
By Nick Friedell
NEW YORK -- Let's take a quick look at how the New York Knicks knocked off the Chicago Bulls 100-99 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
How it happened: After sitting on the bench for 12 straight games because of a groin injury, Derrick Rose almost pulled off a triumphant return against the Knicks, but it wasn't meant to be. Carmelo Anthony knocked down a game-winning three pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining in overtime. Rose scored 29 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists, but the Bulls didn't make enough plays at the end of the game to win. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Luol Deng added 13 points, but it was Anthony who shined brightest with a game-high 43.
What it means: After coming all the way back from a 21-point deficit, it's hard to believe the Bulls actually gave this one away but that's what they did. They had a chance to close this game out several times, but they couldn't do it. Anthony’s three that tied the game up late in regulation came after Rose and Deng each missed two free throws. The Bulls will kick themselves when they watch tape of this one. Tom Thibodeau didn't want to overwork Rose in his return, but Rose ended up playing 39 minutes. It will be interesting to see how he fares later in the week.
Bold play of the game: With just 8.2 seconds left, Anthony did what the Bulls couldn't do in this one: Hit a clutch shot.
Stat of the night: Anthony had 43 points on the Bulls' vaunted defense.
What's next: The Bulls face off against the Knicks again on Tuesday night at the United Center.