The Chicago Bulls overcame a fourth-quarter comeback by the New York Knicks and held on to win the game Tuesday night. The win brings the Bulls to 10-11 and drops the Knicks to 9-12.
Late in the fourth quarter, Larry Hughes made a three-pointer that gave the Bulls the lead.
The next possession, Drew Gooden went up for an inside shot and was fouled. He made both free throws, which Chicago ended up needing, as the Knicks would make a couple baskets to keep them in it.
As time ran out the New York had to foul, but the Bulls made enough free throws seal the win.
Both Hughes (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Gooden (22 points, 16 rebounds) had a good game, but the player that I thought stepped his game up was Luol Deng.
Deng looked like the Deng of old. He was powerful around the basket and hit his jumpers when he needed to.
Deng went 7-of-16 with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and no turnovers. He ended up with a team high +16 for the game which shows we flowed well with him in the game.
In the last three games, Deng has shown he is healthier and can live up to his contract. Averaging 21 points and 5 rebounds in that span, Deng has been an important player in those games. It could just be a hot streak, but I hope it's the beginning of more great things to come from Deng this season and beyond.
It may have only been the Knicks at home, but it was a game the Bulls needed as they lost their previous two against beatable teams.
Hopefully the Bulls continue to be strong around the basket and barring another apple accident, Rose should continue to keep the Bulls in games.