NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: New York 85, Chicago 78
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Eddy Curry scored 21 points and Zach Randolph added 20, as the New York Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 85-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury chipped in 19 points and Quentin Richardson pulled down 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who last won on November 6 against Denver.
Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 23 points to lead Chicago, which has lost three straight and five of its last six games. Ben Gordon added 13 points in defeat, but made only 4-of-17 shots.
The Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and tied it at 75-75 on a basket by Kirk Hinrich with 4:07 remaining. A free throw by Richardson put the Knicks back in front for good.
Chicago had a couple of chances to take the lead, but Hinrich and Gordon both missed jumpers and Marbury put New York ahead by three with a jumper with 2:45 to play. It remained 78-75 until Randolph scored on a nice drive to the basket with 61 seconds left.
Hinrich then missed badly from three-point range and Randolph followed with a jumper from the top of the key to give the Knicks a seven-point cushion with 29.6 seconds remaining.
New York won despite shooting only 38.9 percent and making just 26-of-42 free throws. Chicago shot 34.5 percent. Hinrich made only 5-of-18 shots, including an 0-for-5 effort from three-point range, and scored 11 points.
A tight first quarter ended with the Bulls ahead 19-18 after a dunk by Joakim Noah in the final minute, but the Knicks scored the first six of the second and built a 24-19 edge on a driving layup by Renaldo Balkman.
Marbury drained a three-pointer to extend the New York advantage to 31-25 midway through the second and the lead reached 10, at 37-27, on a jumper by Randolph. The Knicks went into the break with a 43-31 cushion.
Randolph's jumper to start the second half extended the New York lead to 14, but the Bulls pulled within 55-49 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third on a three-pointer by Gordon. The Knicks regained a double-digit edge soon after and led 65-54 heading into the fourth.
Ben Wallace had 12 rebounds for Chicago...The Knicks held a 52-42 edge on the boards...Joe Smith scored 11 points in defeat...The Bulls will close a six- game road trip on Sunday in Toronto.
11/24 16:04:59 ET