Anthony lead Knicks past Bulls
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[January 13, 2017]
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks
week began on Monday with the bizarre un-excused disappearance by
Derrick Rose. Then they promptly got blown out that night.
That sequence was followed by a buzzer-beater loss on Wednesday and
the news on Thursday afternoon that star forward Kristaps Porzingis
would be out with an Achilles injury.
It was understandable that Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was
apprehensive on how his team would come out against the Chicago
Bulls on Thursday. He got his answer quickly as the Knicks opened
with a flurry and held on to record a 104-89 win over the Bulls at
Madison Square Garden.
New York dropped a 98-77 decision to the Philadelphia 76ers on
Wednesday, letting a 17-point second-half lead slip away. Without
Rose on Monday, the Knicks dropped a 110-96 decision to New Orleans.
"There were no mention of past games," said Hornacek. "We tried to
move forward and not bring up bad memories.
"The guys didn't hang their heads after last night's (Wednesday)
loss. They came back and played with the same fire for the game.
They battled the whole time. The fight we put up tonight was good to
Joakim Noah recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring
12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds against his former team. In two
games against the Bulls, who he won the Defensive Player of the Year
for in the 2013-14 season, Noah is averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds,
2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 23 points for the Knicks (18-22), who had
lost nine of their last 10 games, with 23 points. Former Bull
Derrick Rose contributed 17 points and Kyle O'Quinn came off the
bench to score 12 points and pull down 11 rebounds for his fifth
double-double of the season.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas recorded a career-high 19 points for the
Rose, who was cheered by the home crowd during pregame introductions
in his first game back at the Garden since leaving for his quick
trip back home to Chicago, and Noah were acquired by the Knicks over
the summer in an effort to beef up their scoring and defense.
"We were desperate to win," Rose said. "You never know where this
can take us. We got the monkey off our back, but we have to continue
to play hard and give the effort like we have to win."
Dwyane Wade led Chicago (19-21) with 22 points.
Chicago got as close as 94-84 with 2:57 to play, but a reverse layup
from Kuzminskas and a 3-pointer from Anthony sealed the win.
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Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) looses the ball to New York Knicks
forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) during the second quarter at
Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY
8-0 run by the Knicks turned a 60-57 lead into a 68-57 cushion after
Anthony deposited a 17-foot jumper with 4:55 left in the third.
The Knicks forged ahead to their biggest lead, 88-73, on a jump shot
from O'Quinn with 7:57 to play.
In the first half, New York raced to a 10-4 lead, then held on for a
24-22 edge at the end of the quarter. Rose tossed in eight points in
"As a player, you are always going to be amped to play against your
former teams," said Wade about Noah and Rose. "That is what players
are supposed to do. They are 2-0 against us, so for them it probably
The Bulls took their first lead, 36-34, thanks to a pair of free
throws from Paul Zipser with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
A traditional 3-point play from Rose put the Knicks ahead 54-49 with
4.8 seconds left in the half before a jumper by Rajon Rondo at the
horn cut New York's lead to 54-51.
NOTES: The Knicks are 1-7 in the second game of a back-to-back. ...
Chicago was 3 for 18 on 3-pointers. ... Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis
missed his fourth game due to a sore left Achilles tendon. He tried
playing through the injury in the last four games, but shot just
.417 from the floor and averaged only 4.3 rebounds, well below his
season average. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the training staff
will continue to evaluate Porzingis. ... Bulls G Jimmy Butler, F
Nikola Mirotic and F Denzel Valentine were all out due to illness.
... Bulls C Robin Lopez and G Jerian Grant made their first trip to
Madison Square Garden since getting traded by the Knicks over the
summer for Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday. Lopez scored 10 points
and had seven rebounds and Grant contributed 14 points off the
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