The short-handed Chicago Bulls held off the Carmelo Anthony-less New York Knicks Saturday night by a final 93-85 margin.
Already playing without Derrick Rose, the Bulls lost Kirk Hinrich to an injury after 15 minutes of action. Then, the Bulls’ frontcourt took a blow when Taj Gibson was ejected with 3:40 left to play in the first half after receiving multiple technical fouls.
Raymond Felton led all scorers with 27 points, but it took him a career-high 30 field-goal attempts to get him there.
Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli added 22 each for the Bulls. Fifteen of Belinelli’s total came during a explosive first quarter performance.
Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith brought his team within three points after hitting a three-pointer with 2:37 left to play.
Luol Deng and the Bulls responded, though. Deng made two free throws and then drained a bucket on their next possession to put the Bulls up by seven points.
Player of the Game: Marco Belinelli, Chicago Bulls
Belinelli blew up with 15 points in the first quarter, including a running, buzzer-beating three pointer that hit the glass and then nothing but net. It was an incredible shot, but then again, everything was going in for the Bulls’ guard.
What's Next for New York?
The Knicks won’t have much time to worry about their road loss to the Bulls. They’ll head back to New York and prepare to take on the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
It’s been a rocky road for the Nuggets this season. They have won two of their last three and six of their last 10 matchups.
What's Next for Chicago?
The Los Angeles Clippers will travel to Chicago take on the Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11. L.A. has won its past five games but will take on the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles on Sunday before making the trip to Chicago.
Chicago has now won three games in a row.