New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12:  Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls waits for the ball on a free-throw in front of Camelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks at the United Center on March 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 104-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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