NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago
(Thursday, December 17th)
Final Score: Chicago 98, New York 89
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luol Deng scored 24 points with 13 rebounds, and Chicago clamped down on the defensive end during New York's offensive struggles in the fourth quarter, as the Bulls upended the Knicks, 98-89, at the United Center.
John Salmons had 20 points and seven rebounds and Derrick Rose had 18 points with six assists. Joakim Noah had 15 points with nine rebounds and Taj Gibson donated a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Chicago, which had lost six of seven coming into the game.
Danilo Gallinari and Al Harrington each had 18 points, Chris Duhon had 18 points and seven assists and David Lee joined Wilson Chandler with 13 points for the Knicks, who have lost two straight since a four-game winning streak.
Chicago scored the game's first four points, but New York tallied 15 of the next 17 to take a 15-6 edge on Jared Jeffries' layup. Harrington poured in eight straight for the Knicks as the lead grew to 25-8. Kirk Hinrich and Deng made back-to-back threes to end the first quarter, pulling the Bulls within 34-23.
The Bulls then scored the first seven points of the second stanza capped with Gibson's layup for a 34-30 game. The Bulls eventually came all of the way back to take the lead at 37-36 on Deng's jumper with just under 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half.
Chicago trailed 50-48 at the half as Hinrich scored on a reverse layup just before the first-half buzzer.
Duhon's trey gave the Knicks the third quarter's first seven points for a nine-point advantage at 57-48, but again the Bulls answered, this time with a game-tying nine points in succession capped by Salmons' slam.
New York led by three, 72-69, after 36 minutes of game action and held the edge in the fourth until a 10-0 spurt midway through the fourth capped by Rose's bucket gave the Bulls a six-point edge, 85-79, they didn't relinquish.
Chicago has won 15 of the past 21 meetings between the two squads...The Knicks have lost three straight and 10 of 11 at the United Center...The Bulls made 44.9 percent of their shots compared to just 36 percent for the Knicks..New York shot a staggering 47 three-pointers, making 16 for a 34 percent average. Its 29 three-point attempts in the first half set an NBA record...The game featured 10 ties and eight lead changes.
12/18 02:09:09 ET