NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago
(Wednesday, January 18th)
Final Score: Chicago 106, New York 104 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line as time expired, lifting the Chicago Bulls past the New York Knicks, 106-104, in a game that got ugly off the court at the United Center.
Despite the heroics, though, the game was marred with an incident, as Knicks forward Antonio Davis was ejected late in overtime after going high into the stands during a timeout. Davis, who did not touch anyone in the crowd, leapt over the scorers' table before calmly entering the seats to defend his wife, who was being harassed in the stands.
"I witnessed my wife being threatened by a man that I learned later to be intoxicated," Davis said. "I saw him tough her and I know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have felt terrible if I didn't react. There was no time to call security. It happened too quickly."
As Davis was in the crowd and being mildly restrained, several fans could be seen yelling and shouting at each other, but no physical altercations ensued. Security then gathered to the scene where Davis was politely escorted back onto the court, ejected and then taken to the locker room.
Davis, who will likely be suspended for leaving the court and entering the stands, was extremely cooperative with security and did not show any violent aggression.
A group of people in the crowd were also later escorted away by United Center security.
Knicks coach Larry Brown told reporters following the game that Davis claimed someone was taking a swing at his wife due to her rooting interests. Davis, who is the president of the Players' Association, played with the Bulls for two seasons.
The incident comes just one season after the infamous brawl between Indiana and Detroit that ended up with several players running into the crowd to fight with unruly fans. That game featured criminal charges and numerous suspensions, including an unprecedented season-ending ban to Ron Artest, and as a result, players are no longer permitted to enter the stands for any reason.
Brown was also the head coach of Detroit at the time.
"Come on, that's his wife," That's entirely different," Brown said in reference to how this incident compared to last year's brawl at The Palace. "I was worried about Kendra. That's why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.
"That thing that happened in the stands had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned about his family. I don't blame him and I don't think anybody blames him," Brown added.
Gordon ended 14-of-28 from the field and had a season-high 32 points for the Bulls, who put an end to a three-game losing streak and won for only the fourth time in the past 15 games. Kirk Hinrich added 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Darius Songaila and Andres Nocioni each scored 14 points in the win.
Jamal Crawford had 19 points and eight helpers for the Knicks, who have dropped three straight following a six-game winning streak. Quentin Richardson netted 17 points in the loss.
New York played without guard Stephon Marbury, who missed the contest with a sprained left shoulder. Marbury injured the shoulder during Monday's loss to Toronto and x-rays taken after the game revealed the sprain.
Marbury had played in 280 consecutive games, the fifth longest active games- played streak in the NBA.
In addition, Maurice Taylor and Chris Duhon were both ejected in overtime after getting into a shoving match.
In overtime, Hinrich's bucket nearly two minutes into the extra session put Chicago ahead 96-95 and the Bulls' lead grew to 100-97 on another Hinrich bucket with 1:15 left.
The Knicks quickly closed within a point on Eddy Curry's basket, but two free throws from Songaila widened the gap to 102-99 with 51 seconds left.
After both teams missed, Crawford then hit 2-of-3 foul shots with nine seconds remaining to make it a one-point game, but Nocioni was quickly fouled and the Argentinean made both to extend the lead to 104-101.
Crawford then tied the game with just 4.8 seconds left, but the Bulls had one final answer.
Hinrich inbounded the ball to Gordon at the top of the key, and the guard dribbled just inside the three-point line where he fired up a jumper that went through the hoop as the final horn sounded.
"That game had a little bit of everything," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "It was a hard-fought win."
Chicago led by one point after three quarters and built a 79-70 edge on Gordon's two free throws with 7:45 left in regulation. New York, though, came back and tied the contest at 86 apiece when Nate Robinson drained two free throws with 1:57 left in the fourth.
The Bulls then held a 92-90 lead late in the game, but Robinson again answered the call as the rookie guard drilled a shot in the waning seconds to send the game into overtime.
Chicago led 23-20 after one quarter and the teams went into the locker room tied at 46 apiece. The Bulls eventually led 65-64 after 36 minutes.
Luol Deng had 12 points in the win...Robinson and Davis both had 16 points...New York is 4-15 on the road this year...The Knicks have dropped four straight in the Windy City...Curry faced Chicago for the first time since being traded in the offseason. Curry had missed the first matchup with the Bulls due to a calf injury.
01/19 00:54:15 ET