The New York Knicks looked good in the first quarter of their home opener, but fell apart completely in the second half, as the Chicago Bulls pulled away with the 104-80 victory.
The Bulls overcame the absence of shooting guard, Jimmy Butler, riding Taj Gibson's 22 points and Pau Gasol's 21 points and 11 rebounds to a sizable victory.
Meanwhile, the Knicks—who were without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon—failed to find solace on the offensive end. Even Carmelo Anthony failed to show up, though he led the way with 14. The only other Knick to hit double digits was Amar'e Stoudemire.
Though it's early in the season, New York certainly has its fair share of kinks to work out—especially as far as the triangle offense goes.
Chicago, however, looks as good as advertised—and as their rookies find their grooves and Gasol continues to mesh, the championship contender is only going to grow more dangerous.