NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Monday, January 17th)
Final Score: Chicago 88, New York 86
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-winning jumper with :00.1 remaining to give Chicago a dramatic 88-86 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Three Bulls players compiled double-doubles to help Chicago rally from an eight-point deficit with less than 3 1/2 minutes to play. Luol Deng compiled 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich racked up 14 points, 13 boards and eight assists as the red-hot Bulls recorded their seventh straight win.
Chicago's win streak is the club's longest since reeling off 13 in a row during the 1997-98 campaign.
Andres Nocioni added 13 points and 11 rebounds while Tyson Chandler pulled down 13 boards for Chicago, which outrebounded New York by a 56-38 margin.
Stephon Marbury delivered 25 points for the Knicks, who suffered their second close defeat to the Bulls in three days. Kurt Thomas and Allan Houston netted 16 and 13 points, respectively, as New York fell for the third straight game and has now dropped seven of its last eight.
The Knicks took an 82-74 lead after Marbury was fouled converting a layup with 3:32 remaining and sank the subsequent bonus attempt. Gordon then poured in nine points during the game-ending 14-4 run which decided the contest.
"Some games it takes me a while to get going," said Gordon, who recorded double-figures in the fourth quarter for the ninth time this season.
Gordon began the late charge with a three-pointer at the 3:21 mark and got Chicago within 86-83 after draining a runner in the lane with 1:22 remaining. After Marbury missed a layup on the other end, Nocioni tied the score by burying a three-pointer with 56 seconds to go.
Gordon missed a potential go-ahead shot with 16 seconds left, but Nocioni grabbed the carom and was fouled. Following a time out, the Bulls put the ball in Gordon's hands and the rookie drove to the right baseline before swishing a pull-up jumper from eight feet just prior to the final buzzer.
"We ran a screen off (the dribble), but it was (Gordon's) decision," said Bulls head coach Scott Skiles. "Ben is not afraid, that's one of the reasons we like him so much."
Chicago never led at any point in the opening half and trailed 48-43 at halftime before roaring back. The Bulls scored the first six points of the third quarter and later increased their advantage to 63-58 on Eddy Curry's three-point play with 4:28 left in the period.
New York knotted the score at 67-67 on a short hook by Mike Sweetney with 19 seconds to go in the third quarter, but Nocioni hit one of two free throws after being hacked at the buzzer to put Chicago in front by a point heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Knicks appeared to have the game in hand after an 11-2 fourth-quarter run which accounted for the late eight-point bulge. Jerome Williams' steal and driving dunk put New York ahead 81-76 with 4:07 to play and Marbury's three- point play off a turnover 35 seconds later capped the spurt.
"We had a couple of silly turnovers late," Gordon said. "Nobody hung their head and got discouraged."
Marbury recorded 10 points in the first quarter as the Knicks built a 28-20 lead after one period of play. Chicago cut the deficit to two late in the first half, but New York went into the locker room with a 48-43 edge after Nazr Mohammed's layup and following made free throw at the 1:16 mark.
New York's Jamal Crawford returned to the lineup after missing 10 straight games due to turf toe. He had eight points and finished just 4-of-14 from the field...Teammate Tim Thomas also played after sitting out the last three outings with a sore knee...The Knicks placed guard Moochie Norris on the injured list with a strained left Achilles' prior to the game...Chicago forward Antonio Davis missed the game with a back strain...The Bulls beat the Knicks 86-84 in Chicago on Saturday...In other news, Bulls and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf underwent an angioplasty procedure and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.
01/17 19:32:25 ET