Rapid Reaction: Bulls 108, Knicks 101
January, 11, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Maybe Knicks fans should just call them the Unbeata-Bulls.
Chicago beat the Knicks for the third straight time this season, this time in convincing fashion with a 108-101 win (don't let the final score fool you).
The Knicks have lost three straight for the first time this season and six of nine overall.
Carmelo Anthony struggled for much of the night in his first game back since serving a one-game suspension for confronting Kevin Garnett on Monday.
He finished with 39 points on 14-for-32 shooting, thanks mostly to a 19-point fourth quarter.
The Bulls led by as many as 25 and were up by double-digits for much of the game.
Chicago has won four straight against the Knicks and seven of its last eight over New York.
(MOSTLY) OFF NIGHT FOR MELO: The Knicks needed a big night from Anthony against this defensive-minded Bulls team.
They didn't get it when it counted.
Anthony missed his first six shots and hit just two of his first 10.
He heated up a bit in the third, hitting back to back threes to cut Chicago's lead to 16. But the Bulls scored five straight, including a thunderous dunk from Carlos Boozer, who was fouled by Anthony on the play.
The Knicks then nearly completed an improbable comeback in the fourth, thanks in part to Anthony.
The Knicks' leading scorer banked in a 3 with 1:07 to play to cut the lead to seven. But New York couldn't climb all the way back.
Anthony went 6-for-26 against Boston on Monday and is shooting under 35 percent over his past two games.
BAD NIGHT FOR J.R., KIDD: J.R. Smith also struggled. He had 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting a night after going 10-for-29 against Indy.
It's clear that the Knicks sorely miss Raymond Felton.
Jason Kidd went 0-for-6 with zero assists in 20 minutes.
The Knicks shot 42 percent from the floor, a night after shooting just 36 percent against Indiana.
AMAR'E OK: The good news? Amar'e Stoudemire made it through his first back-to-back of the season. The bad news? He didn't look that great on the floor.
He had several defensive missteps and finished with five points and one rebound in 19 minutes.
COLD BREW: Woodson started James White at shooting guard over the struggling Ronnie Brewer on Friday. Brewer had started in all but one of the Knicks' games entering Friday.
He did not play on Friday.
White finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting and three steals in 16 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will take on the Hornets at home on Sunday before departing for London. New York faces Detroit in London on Thursday.
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