NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago|
(Tuesday, April 10th)
Final Score: Chicago 98, New York 86
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls
avenged Sunday's overtime loss to the Knicks in impressive fashion.
And they did so with reigning MVP Derrick Rose back on the bench.
Richard Hamilton stepped up with 20 points and Luol Deng added 19 points and
10 rebounds in Tuesday's 98-86 win over New York despite Rose resting the
ankle he injured in the opener of this home-and-home set.
Carmelo Anthony, who erupted for 43 points in Sunday's potential playoff
preview, netted 29 in the setback, New York's fourth in 15 games under interim
head coach Mike Woodson.
"We played better defense," Deng said of the difference between the two games.
"We moved the ball well and got good shots."
The loss dropped the Knicks into eighth place in the East's playoff race, just
one game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks with nine to play.
The Bulls increased their cushion for the top seed in the conference to three
games over the Miami Heat, accomplishing the feat despite Anthony going off
for 11 points in the first quarter.
The Knicks scored just 10 in the second and never recovered.
Chicago, down 25-22 after 12 minutes, held New York to one field goal over the
first eight minutes of the second. The Bulls went on a 17-3 run as a result,
and Deng's leaner just before the halftime buzzer made it 47-35.
New York shot 4-of-21 (19 percent) from the field in the second.
"We didn't finish the first quarter well, and it carried into the second
quarter," Woodson said. "It's just one of those games. Offensively we didn't
After seeing its lead cut to three, 53-50 early in the third, the Bulls scored
nine of the next 10 points -- six from Hamilton -- to rebuild their double-
Hamilton finished with 18 in the third, and the Knicks were only as close as
eight in the fourth.
Rose had missed 12 straight games due to a strained groin prior to Sunday's
game...Chicago held a 47-32 rebounding advantage and pulled down 16 offensive
boards...The Bulls scored 20 more second-chance points...New York's Tyson
Chandler finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds in defeat...Kyle Korver
chipped in 14 points off Chicago's bench.
04/11 01:48:47 ET