NYK 106, CHI 94: Knicks Beat Bulls in 2nd Straight
Two nights, two dominant victories for the Knicks over the Bulls.
After dismantling Chicago on its home court on Wednesday, Kurt Rambis'squad continued its hot shooting and crisp ball movement en route to a 106-94 win in front of The Garden fans. Carmelo Anthony (26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and Kristaps Porzingis (19 points, 10 boards) led the way, but five Knicks scored in double figures and six contributed at least one 3-pointer in another strong offensive showing.
Knick of the Night
Anthony took charge, besting fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler (15 points) for the second straight night. He tied for the team lead with three 3-pointers.
News and Notes
The Knicks' starting backcourt deserves credit for keeping the floor spaced and setting up the rest of the team for clean looks all night. Sasha Vujacic set the tone with three 3s in the first quarter, and Jose Calderon finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, including a couple of highlight lobs to Derrick Williams.
Williams (13 points) and Arron Afflalo (11) kept the pressure on with their scoring off the bench, while Porzingis and Robin Lopez set the tone inside with three blocks apiece.
The Knicks shot 13 for 30 (43.3 percent) from downtown. That's 27 made 3s in two nights against Chicago.
LeBron James and the East-leading Cavs are in town for a Saturday night matchup.