The Chicago Bulls put forth a gritty effort on the second night of a back-to-back set, knocking off the red-hot New York Knicks with terrific defense and just enough scoring.
Chicago kept the Knicks off of the three-point line by chasing over the top of screens and daring New York to drive into the teeth of a rugged interior defense. The strategy worked brilliantly, as the Bulls held the Knicks to just 23 three-point tries, 21 fewer than they took in their win over the Miami Heat on Dec. 6.
New York simply didn't adjust, and Raymond Felton's 9-of-30 shooting performance illustrated just how badly the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game with a lacerated finger. Without Melo, and without a consistent way to get good looks from long range, the Knicks' offense sputtered badly. New York shot just 32 percent on the night.
Felton finished with 27 points, and Tyson Chandler put up 14 points and 18 rebounds. Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng topped Chicago with 22 points apiece.
The Bulls earned a hard-fought win, bumping their record up to 11-8. The loss drops the Knicks to 14-5.
Final Score: Bulls 93, Knicks 85
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