Even though New York Knicks backup combo guard Toney Douglas scored a career-high 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting (5-of-9 from beyond the arc) in 31 minutes last night, he apparently did not garner the right to have his name spelled correctly in ESPN's initial reprinting of the Associated Press recap of the Knicks' 120-112 road win against the Chicago Bulls.
For a brief moment in time, ESPN's headline for the AP article read, "Tony Douglas, Danilo Gallinari lead Knicks' offense in win over Bulls." If Toney Douglas keeps producing games where he scores at almost a point-per-minute clip, no basketball fan in America will be forgetting the silent e.
Douglas had four assists and four steals to go along with his 30 points, and provided a constant stream of points off the bench after averaging 11 points per game following the Knicks' 1-2 start. He was not challenged much from the outside, as the Bulls seem to be surprised by his shooting prowess.
Douglas was also not afraid to lead the fast break or finish one, driving to the hoop frequently. He led a sensational three-point shooting night from the Knicks, who made 16-of-24 shots from long distance.
"I make sure that every time I shoot it that I have confidence that it's going in,'' Douglas said. "I can miss 10 in a row. I'm going to shoot the next one and make it.''
Danilo Gallinari, who struggled with a wrist injury, shook off the pain and rust to score 21 of his 24 points in the first half, giving the Knicks a 70-52 halftime advantage. He was very aggressive on the night and even went to the hoop on numerous occasions, throwing down a putback slam off a Ronny Turiaf miss in the second quarter.
When Gallinari's three-point shot is hot, he is capable of putting up 20 to 30 points per night so long as the point guard is able to draw the defense in and find him waiting on the perimeter.
Led by Douglas, the Knicks bench outscored the Bulls bench, 55-37. Kyle Korver and an assortment of bench players valiantly tried to keep the Bulls competitive in the second half, cutting the Knicks' lead to nine on multiple occasions as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng sat on the bench, perhaps due to their poor defensive efforts.
However, Douglas' 18 second-half points were too much for the Bulls to overcome, and Chicago was left gasping for air all night.
Ronny Turiaf once again did all the little things to help the Knicks win, and he is becoming a perfect complement to Amar'e Stoudemire. Turiaf finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists while contributing sensational defense down low.
Raymond Felton continues to be the Knicks' chaos orchestrator, finding open men off pick and rolls or slashing to the hoop and finding wide-open teammates on the wing for easy threes. He had 20 points (4-of-6 from three-point range), 10 assists and five rebounds.
Stoudemire continued to struggle, making just 5-of-21 shots for 14 points while committing eight turnovers. He now has 25 turnovers in four games. While the Bulls decided to focus their defensive efforts on swarming Stoudemire with double and triple-teams, this left the rest of his teammates free to spread the floor, control the tempo and dominate from beyond the arc.
Rose led all Bulls with 24 points and 14 assists. Taj Gibson scored 11 of his 18 points within the first eight minutes of play but quieted down. Noah had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Deng pitched in 17.
The Knicks (2-2) are tied for second in the Atlantic Division with New Jersey, and will host the Washington Wizards tonight at 7 p.m.
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