NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago
(Tuesday, February 16th)
Final Score: Chicago 118, New York 85
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose did not need to log heavy minutes in his return from a left hip ailment, totaling 29 points in just over 27 minutes to lead Chicago in a 118-85 rout of the slumping New York Knicks at the United Center.
Luol Deng donated 18 points, Kirk Hinrich netted 14 with eight rebounds and six assists, while Jannero Pargo amassed 12 points. John Salmons and Tyrus Thomas each totaled 11 points, and Brad Miller was the seventh Chicago Bulls player in double figures with 10 points. The Bulls responded from a blowout loss to Orlando just before the All-Star break.
"Very strong win for us. We shot the ball as well as we did all year," said Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro.
David Lee notched a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Al Harrington added 15 points and eight rebounds and Danilo Gallinari joined Wilson Chandler in double figures with 10 points for the Knicks, losers in four straight. Slam Dunk-champion Nate Robinson did not play with the flu.
"Derrick Rose was awfully good. You have to give him credit," said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Chicago rose to the occasion in the early going, scoring 10 straight capped by a Taj Gibson slam for an 18-7 edge. New York, however, ended the period on a 21-11 scoring stretch to pull within one. Jared Jeffries' three just before the horn capped the scoring for a 29-28 game.
Rose was 7-of-7 in the period for 15 of his 29 points. Chicago then scored the first eight points of the second period and pulled out in front by 10 twice during the early stages of the period, climbing to a 43-33 lead on Miller's bank shot off a dish from Hinrich. The edge grew to as many as 16 at 64-48 on a Rose driving finger roll, and the margin stood at 64-50 at the half.
The Bulls extended their edge behind a collective hot hand, draining 65.2 percent of their shots in the stanza.
The game began to reach blowout status in the third, as the Bulls drove a 72-50 lead as Rose's jumper capped an 8-0 blitz to start the quarter. The Knicks finally scored nearly four minutes in on a Jeffries trey and cut the deficit to 16 points multiple times in the period, but by quarter's end, the margin was 27 with a 15-3 spurt to close the stanza. Hinrich and Pargo drained threes in the final minute to take the score 95-68.
Chicago was again red-hot in the quarter, draining 63.6 percent of its shots with Rose scoring eight points.
The Bulls led comfortably throughout the fourth quarter.
The Bulls shot 60.5 percent from the floor, while the Knicks made just 34.6 percent of their shots...Chicago scored 52 points in the paint to just 28 for the Knicks...The Bulls have won two of three meetings between the two teams this season...Jeffries scored eight points in defeat...Gibson donated six points and 10 rebounds in the win.
02/17 00:37:34 ET