NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Wednesday, February 17th)
Final Score: Chicago 115, New York 109
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose finished with 27 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 115-109 victory over the New York Knicks in the back end of a home-and-home, as trade rumors swirled around both teams.
"Everything is going smooth for me," Rose said. "We're playing good basketball right now."
Luol Deng added 23 points for the Bulls, who beat New York at home on Tuesday. Brad Miller had 21 points, while Taj Gibson contributed 14 points and 16 boards as Chicago won for the fourth time in its last five games.
The Bulls' victory comes as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, and as both teams were rumored to have deals in the works.
Absent from Wednesday's game was Chicago swingman John Salmons, who the Chicago Tribune reported was traded to Milwaukee for Francisco Elson and Kurt Thomas.
The Knicks made one move official, acquiring forward Brian Cardinal from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for center Darko Milicic and cash considerations.
But the focus around the Knicks was on guard Nate Robinson, who did not play because of flu-like symptoms and was rumored to be part of a trade that will send him to Boston.
Al Harrington had 27 points for New York, which has lost five in a row. Wilson Chandler added 26 points, while David Lee had 23 points and 12 boards.
"We haven't figured it out yet," Knicks point guard Chris Duhon said. "We have to keep plowing away at it and hopefully it will come."
The Knicks led by four with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, but Chicago embarked on an 11-0 run that spanned into the final frame. Tyrus Thomas capped the rally with a dunk to put the Bulls ahead 91-84, and they carried a lead of a few possessions down the stretch.
However, with under four minutes to play, Harrington drained a three and followed that with a dunk to bring New York within 104-102. The Knicks were again within a possession after Chandler's layup and Lee's dunk made it a 108-106 game with 1:53 left.
New York looked as though it might get a chance to tie or take the lead, as Rose's pass on the Bulls' next touch was tipped into the backcourt. But Kirk Hinrich collected the ball, then made his way through traffic to the basket and sank a finger-roll with 1:35 on the clock, making it a 110-106 game.
Inside the final minute, Lee's jumper got the Knicks within 112-109, and they had multiple chances to tie after a Deng turnover. But Danilo Gallinari missed a pair of threes, and Lee's attempt to kick the ball back out to the arc was intercepted by Rose, and the Bulls sealed the win at the line.
New York led 27-25 after the first quarter, then opened the second with six consecutive points. The Knicks continued to play in front and pushed their lead to double-digits when Toney Douglas' three made it a 40-29 game.
New York stretched its lead to a game-high 15 later in the quarter and led 64-53 at halftime.
The Knicks still led by double-digits nearly midway through the third when an eight-point burst got the Bulls back in the game. Hinrich's layup closed the run to get Chicago within 78-74.
Gallinari had 19 points for the Knicks, who made 12-of-32 from three-point range...Miller pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who held a 52-40 rebounding advantage.
02/18 00:01:21 ET