On Thursday Night, at the United Center in Chicago, the Knicks (51-27) were defeated by the Chicago Bulls (43-35) 118-111 in Overtime. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 36 points on 13-34 shooting from the floor. He had a career high 19 rebounds and added two assists.
J.R. Smith scored 28 points on 11-27 shooting from the floor. He had 14 rebounds, four assists and was a -32. He scored all the bench points for the Knicks.
Nate Robinson led the Bulls in scoring with 35 points on 10-18 shooting from the floor. He was 5-11 from three and 10-10 from the free throw line. He added three rebounds and two assists as well.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds while Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bulls had six players in double figures. Marco Bellinelli was the only player to play more than than 40 seconds and not score in double figures.
Carmelo Anthony became the first player in NBA history to score 35 + in six straight April games.
Chicago only out-rebounded the Knicks 53-52 and only turned the ball over eight times while the Knicks turned it over seven times.
The Bulls bench outscored the Knicks bench 49-28
The Knicks set the NBA record for the most made threes in a season tonight.
The Knicks 13 game winning streak ends as the third longest in franchise history, two short of the 1993-1994 team’s 15 game streak for second longest.
This was only the Knicks second overtime game of the season, they are 0-2.
The Bulls won all four games against the Knicks this season. The only Eastern Conference team that the Knicks did not defeat this year.
This is tough one to write about. I haven’t written about a loss since the Golden State debacle. I hate it, but lets go on with the post.
This loss can be looked at in a positive way and in a negative way.
The Negative is that the Bulls, even without Noah and Rose still gave the Knicks fits in the second half. They beat up the Knicks, frustrated them and, had a come from behind win with Nate Robinson taunting the Knicks the whole way.
It’s also a negative because the Knicks had a chance to win it at the end with the ball in Melo’s hands. Shots don’t always fall at the buzzer, but you knew they were out of gas and OT was the last thing they needed.
They screwed the Nets over. They allowed the Bulls to get a one game lead in the loss column over Atlanta for 5th. Just like how we want nothing to do with the Bulls, they also don’t want anything to do with them. Also kept the Bulls on the Miami side of the bracket.
I also loved the effort this team had shorthanded to comeback from down 99-90 when it was looking like a lost cause. To have that final shot to win it was something most would have taken before the game. Melo missed, it happens, he is human apparently.
At this point, I will be very curious to see how they handle the game tomorrow in Cleveland. Their is a cushion, albeit a smaller one, over the Pacers for the two seed and that lead could be cut to one tomorrow.
How will the Knicks, who had Smith, Melo and Felton all play 45 minutes or more tonight, handle their playing time. They will play, you have to assume that much, but for how long?
With the Pacers looming on Sunday, the Knicks will want to be as healthy as humanly possible going into that match up. Considering they are shorthanded already, they can’t simply punt the game to the Cavs and rest the starters.
How the Knicks look tomorrow and play will be very interesting. This is the part of the season where Mike Woodson is going to earn his pay.
Coming up next the Knicks, play the second night of a back to back in the Mistake by the Lake as they will take on Kyrie Irving, Tristen Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game is on Friday at 7:00 pm and can be seen on MSG.