Rapid Reaction: Bulls 109, Knicks 90

In the latest example to support the theory that the Knicks have quit on their season, we present Sunday’s game against Chicago:

The Knicks fell behind 16-1 to start the game and were down 19 six minutes in.

They allowed Bulls center Joakim Noah to hand out 10 assists in the first half, which matched the Knicks’ team total.

They trailed by 25 in the second quarter, marking the third straight game they have trailed by at least 25 at one point in the action.

They’ve lost six straight and nine of 10. They are a season-high 18 games under .500 and 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 21 to play.

Carmelo Anthony (21 points, 8-for-17 shooting) and Amar'e Stoudemire (14 points, 7-for-8 shooting) helped the Knicks keep things semi-respectable through two-plus quarters.

But the rest of the Knicks scored just 55 points on 20-for-54 shooting.

Noah’s arc: Noah burned the Knicks all afternoon and ended up with a triple-double (13 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds).

Sunday’s game was the second straight in which the Knicks allowed a triple-double. Golden State’s Stephen Curry compiled a triple-double against New York on Friday night.

Backup point guard D.J. Augustin torched the Knicks for 23 points as Chicago had six players in double figures.

Bad backcourt: Stop us if you’ve read this before: the Knicks were handicapped by a poor effort from their backcourt.

Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni combined for 13 points on 3-for-17 shooting. Felton, playing his third game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies, went 2-for-10 and scored eight points in 31 minutes. Shumpert had three points on 1-for-6 shooting in 20 minutes. He was playing for the first time since Feb. 19 following a knee injury.

If you’re looking for optimism from this miserable Sunday, J.R. Smith (13 points, 6-for-12 shooting) shot the ball fairly well.

Jimmer time: How bad did things get for the Knicks? New Bull Jimmer Fredette, who arrived in Chicago earlier in the day, made his debut and hit his first shot. Fredette had a career-high 24 in mid-February to help the Kings to a win over the Knicks at MSG.

What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Pistons on the road on Monday night.

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