Game 2 Final Score: Bulls 82 – Knicks 81

The New York Knicks (1-1) went on the road to Chicago and fell to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (1-1), 82-81.

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Andrea Bargnani got his first start in a Knicks uniform. The Italian shot 4-of-7 for 9 points.

Tyson Chandler was unstoppable on the boards. He grabbed 19 rebounds, 8 offensive, and put the Knicks up 1 with 10.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Since the 2004-05 season, the Bulls are 14-2 at home vs. New York.

Carmelo Anthony dropped 22 points, but in his last three possessions turned the ball over, missed a mid-range dropper and missed a 3-pointer, all of which would have given the Knicks a lead.

Off the bench, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10 points (4-of-13, 2-of-6 from 3).

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With less than 11 seconds remaining, Derrick Rose showed up … in a big way.

After Tyson Chandler broke an 80-all tie with a free throw, the Bulls’ leader answered back with a floater, not allowing the Knicks’ interior defense to slow him down a third time.

Rose was unable to finish at the rim the two previous times, while Carmelo Anthony was unable to give his Knicks in his attempt to win the game, then missed a 3-point as time expired, and the Bulls won, 82-81.

After Chicago held a 43-38 advantage at halftime, the Bulls seemed to be running away with the game in the third. They outscored the Knicks 28-23 and entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point advantage.

Led by Anthony and Hardaway, the Knicks crept back into the game and tied it at 78 with about 3 minutes to go. However, finishing was clearly an issue for this game despite knowing who their go-to guy is.

It was an encouraging loss, if such exists, as the Knicks were forced to rally and did so against an elite NBA defense. Derrick Rose Rose wasn’t the Derrick Rose of 2012 just yet, but he still led Chicago with 18 points and obviously his clutch gene is in tact.

Despite the loss, the Knicks did receive a bit of promising news. In an interview with TNT, Anthony addressed his future in New York.

“(The Knicks) pulled all the strings to get me here and I wanted to be here. And I want to retire in New York,” he said.


Next Game:  The Knicks will host the Timberwolves on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET.