The New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 100-89 Sunday night behind 20 points from Tim Hardaway Jr.
Following the Toronto Raptors' win over the Detroit Pistons and Chicago's loss, the Raptors now occupy the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Although Joakim Noah fell one assist shy of posting his fifth triple-double of the season, the Bulls were unable to find consistent sources of offense against a Knicks team that shot 45.7 percent from the field and 36 percent from three.
All told, Noah finished with 13 points (9-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line), a game-high 17 rebounds (four offensive) and nine dimes.
Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 17 points, but it was the latter who helped jump-start the Knicks offense behind 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
After trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter, the Knicks outscored the opposition by nine in the second quarter and proceeded to drop 32 points in the third quarter to take complete control.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 12 points, three rebounds and two assists while Iman Shumpert chipped in 10 points in 32 minutes.
The Bulls, who shot 39 percent from the field and 27 percent from three, boasted six double-figure scorers, including Mike Dunleavy and Taj Gibson, each of whom scored 13 points.
D.J. Augustin contributed 12 points off the bench but shot a meager 3-of-13 from the field.
Next up for the Knicks (35-45) is a showdown with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday while the Bulls (47-33) will square off against the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
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