Final Score: New York Knicks 83, Chicago Bulls 78
Beat writers all over the city of New York had their finger on the trigger (or their keyboard), ready to bash the Knicks for blowing a HUGE lead at home.
Well, those writers in question were deprived of that pleasure as the Knicks (6-15) withstood a late Chicago Bulls (8-12) rally to get the win at Madison Square Garden.
New York had a 68-54 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Chicago would go on a 20-6 run to tie the game at 74.
Poor offensive execution and key fouls ultimately did the Bulls in.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 9-of-21 from the field. Amar'e Stoudemire played key minutes off the bench on the second night of a back-to-back, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Mike Dunleavy had 20 points for Chicago, while Carlos Boozer chipped in his seventh double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Turnovers and poor shooting were a problem for Chicago throughout the night. They turned the ball over 22 times and shot an anemic 33.3 percent from the field. The Knicks weren't that much better in that department, hitting 40.8 percent.
Iman Shumpert left the game early in the third quarter after banging knees with Dunleavy. He did not return.
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