Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (23-13) were defeated by the Chicago Bulls (20-14) by the score of 108-101. Box Score
J.R. Smith had 13 points on 4-17 shooting from the field and fouled out. Tyson Chandler scored nine points on only 3-8 shooting but led the game with 18 rebounds including eight offensive boards.
Luol Deng led the Bulls in scoring with 33 points on 13-18 shooting from the field with five rebounds and four assists. Carlos Boozer scored 17 points with six rebounds while Joakim Noah had nine points on 2-2 shooting with eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Jason Kidd had zero points on 0-6 shooting and did not record an assist. He was a -21. Pablo Prigioni scored 12 points on 5-7 shooting with a game high eight assists and three steals but also had five turnovers.
The Bulls shot 57% from the field while the Knicks only shot 41%
The Knicks scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, after only scoring 60 in the first three quarters
The Bulls are now 7-1 against the Knicks in the past eight games.
The Knicks have now trailed after the first quarter in 10 of the past 13 games.
This is the first time the Knicks will have lost three games in a row since Mike Woodson took over as head coach.
This week was one that the Knicks, coming off of back to back wins, had a chance to build momentum against some tough Eastern Conference opponents. Instead, the win against San Antonio feels like it happened years ago and the Knicks look completely lost on both sides of the ball. They are 5-8 in their past 13 games, and needed comebacks against Phoenix, Minnesota and Orlando for three of those wins. Their defense has gone missing and the offense has hit a major lull the past couple of games.
Sometimes, teams have your number and it looks like the Bulls just have the Knicks number this season. But, this game was not an isolated game and instead, is apart of a trend that has developed which is downright scary. Mike Woodson must be horrified by what he has seen from this team and you can bet he is trying to think of anything and everything he can do to put it to an end.
The Knicks have some key guys hurt and that certainly doesn’t help, but the talent that’s healthy is still good enough to not play as poorly as they have. With the next two games against New Orleans and Detroit, the Knicks have a chance to get back to winning, but what we have seen the past 13 games, I’m not as confident as I should be.
In honor of the Knicks both, not having a lead in either of the two games against the Bulls at the Garden and being down 20+ in each loss, I give you the video version of what it looks like when the Bulls take on the Knicks this season.
Coming up next, the Knicks have a Sunday matinee at the Garden as they take on, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets. The game will begin at 12:00 pm on Sunday and will be shown on MSG.