Rapid Reaction: Knicks 83, Bulls 78

December, 11, 2013
12/11/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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NEW YORK -- Let's take a quick look at how the New York Knicks earned an 83-78 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

How it happened: Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds, as the Knicks finished off a struggling Bulls team. Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 20 points and eight assists, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls created too big of a hole. The Bulls are now 2-9 in their last 11 games.

What it means: This was a matchup between two bad teams. The Knicks did enough to win the game at the end, but they're still dismal. Despite the loss, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has to be happy his team showed some fight late after looking lifeless in the first half. The Bulls pulled erased a 23-point Knicks' lead, but they didn't have enough firepower to get all the way over the hump. The Bulls can't seem to find a way to make shots when they need them the most.

Hits: Joakim Noah had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell were a combined 4 for 18 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Knicks went on a 19-0 run in the first half. The Bulls went on a 33-10 run in the second half.

What's next: The Bulls have a day off before facing off against the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin on Friday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5