It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Knicks pulled out their sixth win of the season as they beat the Chicago Bulls 83-78 tonight at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and added 10 rebounds and for assists for the now 6-15 Knicks.
The Knicks took a 46-32 lead into the half and came out firing early in the third quarter as well. With a little under six minutes left in the half, the Knicks took their biggest lead of the game at 64-41, then things started to fall apart. The Bulls went on an extended run of 33-10 to tie the game at 74 midway through the fourth quarter. During that stretch, the Knicks went 4-18 and had 8 turnovers. They also didn’t get to the free throw line.
Amar’e Stoudemire then hit an elbow jumper to give the Knicks a two-point lead, and they ended the game on a 9-4 run. In his first game playing on back-to-back nights this season, Stoudemire added 14 points on 7-11 shooting in 30 minutes.
The Knicks shot 40.8% from the field on the night, but outside of Anthony and Stoudemire, the rest of the team shot 15-42, 35.7 percent. J.R. Smith had another rough night, scoring only 7 points on 2-8 shooting, making his shooting percentage on the season 34.8. Head Coach Mike Woodson benched the reigning Sixth Man of the Year when the score was 74-70 in the fourth, after fouling Kirk Hinrich while the Bulls guard was setting a screen for a shooting Mike Dunleavy.
The Bulls offense wasn’t too great either, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and they also turned the ball over 22 times. Dunleavy led the team with 20 points on 7-24 shooting. The Bulls were shorthanded again, without Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler, who they both expect to return soon.