NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Wednesday, November 30th)
Final Score: New York 109, Chicago 101
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford poured in a season-high 28 points, as New York used a big fourth quarter to post a 109-101 win over Chicago at Madison Square Garden.
Channing Frye added 21 points and eight rebounds while Stephon Marbury contributed 18 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who have won two of their last three games.
New York outscored the Bulls 35-19 in the deciding fourth quarter and ended the game by going 45-of-57 from the foul line. Chicago, on the other hand, hit just 18-of-25 from the charity stripe.
"It feels good, especially against a team like that," said Crawford. "They just came off a great season last year and they are going to be pretty good again this year."
Ben Gordon had a season-high 28 points and Andres Nocioni posted 19 for the Bulls, who had a four-game winning streak halted.
This game marked the first meeting between the clubs since their offseason trade that sent Tim Thomas and Mike Sweetney to Chicago, while Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis headed to Broadway.
The Knicks trailed by eight points after three periods, but opened the fourth on a 13-0 run to take the lead. Davis scored five points during the run -- all from the foul line -- and Crawford's two foul shots with 7 1/2 minutes left capped the spurt and made it 87-82.
Nocioni's field goal with 7:03 to go ended the long Bulls scoring drought, but New York continued to be on the offensive as Frye's basket moments later made it 94-87.
Chicago, which, led by 12 points earlier in the game, fell behind 100-90 and trailed by 13 points late in the game.
"We came apart there a little bit," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. You can't let a team shoot 57 free throws and turn the ball over 19 times and expect to win the game...They really took advantage of it in the fourth quarter."
In the opening quarter, the Bulls shot 50 percent and led 29-24 after one.
The visitors continued to add to their edge as Gordon's two free throws made it a 10-point game with around nine minutes remaining. Kirk Hinrich's three- point play with 7:47 left in the half then extended the lead to 42-30. The Knicks closed within four points moments later, but eventually trailed 58-50 at halftime.
Gordon had 15 first-half points, while Frye score 11 for New York in the opening 24 minutes.
In the third quarter, Hinrich's three-pointer with 6:55 left in the period gave Chicago a 69-57 edge, but the Knicks reeled off seven quick points, capped by Nate Robinson's three, to pull within five.
The Bulls eventually led 82-74 after three periods.
Davis scored 11 points...Hinrich had 16 points in the loss...New York's 45 made free throws were a season-high...The home team has won 14 of the last 19 meetings...Curry missed the game with a calf injury.
11/30 23:47:59 ET