WHAT IT MEANS: While Amare Stoudemire (34 points) and Carmelo Anthony (26) showed they can be one of the NBA's best one-two punches, Derrick Rose proved why point guard is the most important position in the league.
Rose led the Bulls with 32 points and his game-high 13 assists. When he connected on the final point of the game, a free throw, Rose prevented the Knicks from getting their biggest win of the season. And the Bulls did it even without small forward Luol Deng and shooting guard Richard Hamilton, who were both out with injuries.
TURNING POINT: After going down 55-44 at halftime, the Knicks stormed back in the third quarter with a 16-6 run and ended up only trailing 77-75. While Stoudemire showed why he was the league's best fourth-quarter player last season (7.1 points average) -- he finished with 12 points in the final period -- the Bulls' defense kept the Knicks just out of reach and their offense iced the game on free throws.
THE GOOD: The last time Anthony and Stoudemire scored at least 20 points apiece was Jan. 11. They started the season hot together, scoring at least 20 points each in five games in the first two weeks of the sesaon, but Stoudemire, especially, cooled down since. It was a much different story tonight. ... Landry Fields stepped up once again, with 17 points.
THE BAD: Offensive production from the bench, which has been a problem all season. The Knicks' 25.4 points average -- fourth-worst in the league -- will definitely dip tonight. They only put up six points (all from Toney Douglas).
WHAT'S NEXT: The biggest turnaround team in the league right now, the Celtics (11-10). After losing six of seven games, they've gone on to win six of seven -- without, unbelievably, point guard Rajon Rondo, who has a right wrist injury.
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