Rapid Reaction: Bulls 82, Knicks 81


CHICAGO –- In his first regular-season home game since April 2012, Derrick Rose reminded the New York Knicks that he's back, sinking a game-winning floater with 5.7 seconds left to edge the Knicks 82-81.

What it means: One night after holding off Milwaukee at home in the season opener, the Knicks squared off with the Bulls in a very early encounter between two teams expected to fight in the top five of the Eastern Conference. And the Knicks and Bulls fought tooth and nail until Rose stuck his dagger at the end.

Despite falling behind by as much as 13 in the third quarter, the Knicks fought back to take the lead. With the deficit at 10 with 7:52 left in the game, the Knicks went on a 12-0 run and took a 78-76 lead with 4:10 left on a Carmelo Anthony basket.

The teams were tied at 80-80 when Tyson Chandler drew a loose-ball foul off Joakim Noah. Chandler, who had 19 rebounds, made one of two free throws with 10.8 seconds left.

But Rose (18 points) won the game with a beautiful driving hanging runner over Chandler and Raymond Felton with 5.7 seconds left. Anthony -- who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals -- missed a long jumper and the Knicks missed a tip at the buzzer on the final possession.

Go big: One night after starting small against Milwaukee, Mike Woodson opted to go big against the Bulls and start Andrea Bargnani with Anthony, and put Iman Shumpert with Felton in the backcourt.

Shumpert, though, picked up two quick fouls and had trouble guarding Luol Deng, who had 12 points in the first half. Bargnani also picked up three personals and had no points and three turnovers in the first half.

But Bargnani hit 4 of 5 shots and scored all nine of his points in the third quarter.

Amar'e makes season debut: Amar'e Stoudemire made his season debut with 4:06 to go in the first quarter and had two turnovers, one foul and one assist in the quarter. He hit two buckets inside before finishing with five points and four fouls in 10 minutes.

Woodson also used Stoudemire with Kenyon Martin for a quick stint in the second quarter.

D-Rose returns: Playing in his first regular-season home game since tearing his ACL on April 28, 2012, Rose started off rusty. The former MVP missed nine of his first 11 shots in the first half but showed flashes of his old self. He buried a pair of 3-pointers and showed explosiveness on a fast-break layup in traffic in the third quarter.

For much of the fourth, he struggled but saved his best for last with the runner.

What’s next: The Knicks return to the Garden to face Kevin Love and the Timberwolves on Sunday.