NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago
(Tuesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Chicago 110, New York 103
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The last of Tyrus Thomas' four blocks moved Chicago one step closer to a playoff berth. Thomas also scored 18 points with six rebounds in Chicago's 110-103 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Kirk Hinrich gave the Bulls a 25-point boost off the bench, while John Salmons poured in 19 points with six assists, Derrick Rose recorded 18 points and six assists and Ben Gordon notched 17 points for Chicago, which won for the 12th time in its last 13 games at the United Center and moved one-half game in front of idle Detroit for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
"We did a pretty good job of guarding them. It is tough. They have four of five guys running to the three-point line every time," said Hinrich.
Charlotte downed Philadelphia on Tuesday to come within 2 1/2 games of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the East while maintaining a three-game distance from the Bulls.
The Bulls have also come out victorious in eight of the last nine meetings with the Knicks in the Windy City. It helped that Chicago made 11 more free throws (25) than the Knicks attempted.
Wilson Chandler scored a game-best 26 points, Al Harrington added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and David Lee joined Quentin Richardson with 17 points. Lee also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists for the Knicks, who have lost 10 of 11 down the stretch.
"It's been a tough run of it. That's what happened again. It has been different guys every time," said Lee.
After a back-and-forth first three periods, Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth. The Knicks went nearly four minutes without a point as the Bulls ran off 15 straight capped by Rose's bucket for a 100-90 edge with 5:16 on the clock.
The Knicks spurted back with seven consecutive points a few minutes later to pull within 102-100 on Chris Duhon's layup with 1:27 left. Brad Miller's two free throws with 1:07 to go pushed the margin to two possessions, but Chandler's three-pointer with 22.1 ticks remaining cut the deficit to one.
Gordon buried two clutch free throws with 21.4 seconds on the clock, then after a timeout, Nate Robinson caught a tough pass on a backdoor cut and tossed it outside to a curling Richardson, who faked Thomas into the air with an immediate ball fake. However, Thomas' long wing span and quick recovery time paid dividends as he stabilized his feet and lunged at Richardson to swat the shot away.
He recovered the loose ball, was fouled and made two game-clinching free throws with 14.3 seconds on the clock.
The first two periods played to a near draw. The Bulls seized a 23-16 edge on the heels of an 11-5 scoring stretch capped by back-to-back threes from Salmons and Hinrich. However, the Knicks closed within 26-24 by the time the first quarter concluded.
New York grabbed a 35-33 edge after Chris Wilcox's slam off a lob pass came at the end of a quick 6-0 burst. The Bulls regained the advantage at 42-37 when Rose's reverse layup put a stamp on six straight points for the home team.
The Knicks edged in front, 56-53, after 24 minutes of game action and played the Bulls even in the third stanza for an 84-81 margin entering the final period.
Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Chicago has won 12 of the last 17 meetings in this series. The Bulls have not lost the season series against the Knicks since the 2000-01 season (went 1-3 vs. NY)...The Knicks shot 50.6 percent, while the Bulls made 43.3 percent of their shots...Miller scored six points with 12 rebounds despite a 1-of-10 shooting effort in the win.
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