On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (19-7) were defeated by the Chicago Bulls (15-10) by the score of 110-106. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 29 points on 10-25 shooting from the floor. He had two technical fouls and was ejected from the game in fourth quarter.
J.R. Smith had 26 points off the bench on 9-20 shooting and had 10 rebounds to lead the team. He fouled out with seven minutes left in the game.
Luol Deng led the Bulls in scoring with 29 points on 11-24 shooting from the field and led the Bulls with 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah had a double double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He was ejected in the fourth, along with Tyson Chandler, after a brief altercation.
Raymond Felton had 21 points on 9-21 shooting with six rebounds but only three assists.
The Knicks bench outscored the Bulls bench 43-19.
Each team was called for 25 fouls a piece.
Mike Woodson was ejected from the game with two technical fouls in the fourth. The first time he has been ejected as Knicks coach.
The Knicks are now 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Bulls.
This was the Knicks first loss at home against an Eastern Conference team and first loss in the past nine games with Carmelo Anthony in the lineup.
Forget the final score, if you were lucky enough to not watch this game, the game was not as close as the final score would indicate.
This game was very much like the Memphis game, except that the Refs in that game at least didn’t lose total control of the game like they did tonight.
Carmelo, Tyson and Woodson were ejected and J.R. Smith fouled out with seven minutes left in the game. That happens, honestly, when Referees lose control of a game and try to get it back by exerting authority.
Should the Knicks do a better job of keeping their cool? Sure, you can certainly make that argument. But I don’t care if you have a team of Tibetan Monks on the floor, even they will complain eventually about the referees.
50 fouls and 9 Technical Fouls combined. Congrats to you, Referees Zach Zarba, John Goble and Olandis Poole, you became the stars of the game tonight.
So, once again after a bad Knicks game, I bring you a video that help describe what I saw tonight. In this clip from the movie “Forget Paris”, we see what happens when an NBA Referee loses his cool and becomes the star of the game.
Coming up next, the Knicks finish their home stand as they welcome in for the first time at the Garden, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game will begin at 5:00 pm on Sunday and will be shown on MSG.