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

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2016

Dec 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago 108, New York 81—Final

The Chicago Bulls used a 31-8 advantage during the fourth quarter to destroy the New York Knicks 108-81 on Friday at the United Center.

Nikola Mirotic dished a career-best seven assists, scoring 17 points thanks to a 4-of-6 clip from three-point range. Jimmy Butler paced the Bulls with 23 points, while Pau Gasol chipped in 17.

Bobby Portis provided more evidence for why he should occupy a regular spot in the rotation, sparking Chicago after New York stormed back from a 50-33 deficit. The explosive rookie tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

According to Basketball-Reference, the Knicks franchise had never before scored fewer than nine points in a fourth quarter. New York failed to record a field goal during the final seven minutes, 11 seconds of the game.

Carmelo Anthony managed 20 points and seven rebounds, but New York allowed Chicago to shoot 62.5 percent from beyond the arc.

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