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Bulls beat the Knicks for the third time this season

Jan 11, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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The Knicks have shown that they’ve had no trouble dealing with the Miami Heat this season, the defending champions who sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

As for defense-first teams like the Bulls and the Celtics however, that’s where New York tends to struggle.

Playing Chicago for the third time this season and for the second time in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden, the Knicks were essentially dead on arrival.

Whether it’s in their heads at this point that they can’t generate offense against the Bulls or whether it was just an off night, Chicago rolled from the very start, and withstood a 41-point fourth quarter from New York on the way to a 108-101 victory, their third straight over the Knicks this season.

The Bulls, not exactly known for their scoring ability ranking just 23rd in the league in offensive efficiency, built a 21-point halftime lead on the strength of better than 57 percent shooting, while holding the Knicks under 30 percent from the field through the first two quarters.

Carmelo Anthony was back from a one-game suspension, but was largely frustrated while finishing with 39 points on 14-of-32 shooting. Luol Deng for the Bulls, meanwhile, piled up points for the second straight game against the Knicks, and finished with 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting.

Anthony isn’t the one to blame for this loss, however — it was a collective effort from the entire Knicks team to fall behind so quickly to a Bulls squad that has simply had its number this season.

Jason Kidd started and played 20 minutes, but missed all six of his shot attempts and not only didn’t manage to score, but didn’t hand out a single assist. The Knicks miss Raymond Felton creating at the point guard position, and their depth was tested without Marcus Camby, who will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a foot injury.

Chicago manages to roll along on the strength of its defense, while the Knicks seem to suffer at any hint of a bit of a speed bump. New York has real reasons to be concerned with its playoff chances as the season progresses, while the Bulls can take comfort in the fact that they have enough to beat the top teams in the conference right now, even as they await the return of their MVP point guard, Derrick Rose.

  1. superseahawk - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Dem Bulls is good. Thibadeau has proven to be a great coach.

    • ez0682 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      Our an idiot enough said

      • superseahawk - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:39 AM

        Your comment befuddles me my friend.

      • nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        Gotta put down that bottle at almost 4 am.

  2. Gordon - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Let’s see what excuses the Knicks come up with this time. Bulls whooped that azz again! 3 times without Rose too!

    • saint1997 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      you’re the same idiot that said John Wall was garbage so let’s calm it down here moron

  3. badintent - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    The bad news is the Bulls have our number this year, The good news is that the Hawks beat them in the frist round of the playoffs . Thibadeau /Woodson for coach of the Year

  4. savvybynature - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Be fun again in the East when D. Rose is back.

  5. flyerssuck - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Amare’s a bum…he’s gotta go.

  6. jhuck92 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    At this point, I’m not worried if my Bulls meet the Knicks in the playoffs. Only Melo showed up in the 2nd half. The good news is he’s looking like an MVP. The bad news is all three of these wins have been *without* Rose!

    • 13in35sports - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:38 AM

      “Only Melo showed up in the 2nd half”, that’s because he didn’t show up at all in the first, on DEFENSE that is. “The good news is he’s looking like an MVP.” On what planet? Melo could be so, SO much better but for some reason he is not. He is having a better season than most anticipated but an MVP he is not. Not yet. CP3 and KD are having better seasons and you can NEVER count out Lebron. I’m a Melo fan, and have been so since Syracuse, he needs to learn to play better D or he’ll be known as the only top 5 draft pick of the 2003 NBA draft w/o a ring. Darko Milicic got one man… DARKO MILICIC!!!

      • jhuck92 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        The bottom line is the Knicks only scored 32 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 25(?). At the end of the game, Melo had something like 39 points against a very tough defense. Not sure what you’re getting at, but he’s making an MVP case from what I’ve seen so far this season.

      • 13in35sports - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        I’m getting at this MVP’s play both sides of the ball offense and Defense!! He may be having a good season but as far as MVP goes he’s got work to do.

  7. tiennguyen645 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    New york cant never beat the BULL since jorden and pippen lol

    • damp1015 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      By the way, this season we are 0-3, but we did beat you guys in OT last year on Easter. But don’t worry, all teams play have their slumps, just hope the Bulls don’t get theirs in the playoffs.

  8. asublimeday - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Love whipping NY

  9. damp1015 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    0-3 against the Bulls, nothing can excuse that. On to the next one, the remaining one left until the playoffs if they meet there. Bulls are holding strong without Rose, hell of a Defensive team. Now will they revert though, back to depending on Rose to pull the offense through like last year? Hopefully not because he will end up injured again if so.

    As for my Knicks, we need to tighten up. We are not playing the defense we did in the beginning of the season for whatever reason. Felton should be coming back so that will help create better opportunities as well as Shumpert who can hassle the guards. Both Felton/Shump will alleviate the pressue on Kidd so he can go back to playing that defense and making the 3s.

    The re-intergration of Amar’e is somewhat of a hinderance with his rustiness but in time it will get better. And we need both Wallace/Camby to maintain good health to make that run in the playoffs.

    I hope the if we do meet the Bulls in the playoffs, my Knicks are fully loaded against a fully loaded Bulls and there will be no exceptions. A great 7 game series guaranteed.

  10. ez0682 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Lol stupid bulls fans soon happy. Um no sheed no camby no felton n no shepperd. N last I check I man always shuts down fragile rose look it up. Hope we can meet in the playoffs ez sweep n once we get everybody back n sign Kenyon martin uhhhhhhh lol. Who’s the second bulls best player Deng or Nate lol k sounds good. Little ediots.

    • jhuck92 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      Easy sweep just like the season series? The Bulls shut down your 3-pt. game. The defense completely shut out Jason Kidd. Can you honestly tell me any Knick not named Carmelo Anthony had a good game tonight? Get real with yourself. Tell me how the defense can be so porous to allow Deng to drop a season high 33 points. He’s had big games all year against the Knicks, but they have no answer for it. You had injured guys, but the Bulls didn’t have Rose either! Was Sheed, Camby and Felton out for the previous two games? No. And the Knicks still got whooped. I don’t think the potential series will end in a sweep. But the smart NYK fan should be concerned right now about meeting the Bulls in the playoffs. I know I would.

      • badintent - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        I might be , but the reality is that Bulls meet the Hawks in the playoffs , if I were you, I worry about them.

    • bullzfan1144 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Kenyon Martin??? wtf? He hasnt been a factor in a decade. lol If ur waiting on Kenyon Martin to save the Knicks I feel bad for u guys. Rose fragile? lol wut games have you been watching? Melo is the fragile one. Who gets that mad @ garnett for talking trash? Marsh-Melo has been soft forever and is allergic to defense. Stoudemire is nowhere near the player he used to be. im surprised he still has anything left in his knees to do surgery on. Sweep? lol the knicks will never sweep the bulls in the playoffs. U actually have to play DEFENSE in the playoffs. So are u guys gonna bench Melo? He has been in the league all this time and is clearly never going to have a complete set of basketball skills. The announcers last nite said it best when they said Amare is a shell of his former self and will NEVER be the player he was in phx. Deng is our 2nd best player with Boozer not far behind. I havent seen any1 stop Boozer from getn his 20 and 10 in years. lol you guys wont even be the best team in ny come next season when Howard leaves the old ass Lakers and Kobe selfish ass.

      • ez0682 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Ur too stupid to respond. Howard is the late show problem lol our a %$$@ ediot

    • kalioc - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      What’s a Shepperd?

    • pudgalvin - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      I did look up derricks numbers vs. shumpert.
      Game 1: 32,13, 4 win
      Game 2: 32, 7, 6 win
      Game 3: 29, 4, 6 loss, also roses’s first game back after missing 13 with his back injury. So yeah, not so much.

      The Knicks have signed literally the oldest roster in the history of the nba and then bemoan injuries all year. Plus, one of their younger players has the knees of a 60 year old. I think counting on a decrepit amare, good health for Kidd, camby, and Wallace and Raymond Felton’s great play in the playoffs to beat the bulls, the heat or the pacers is a bit of a pipe dream.

  11. mungman69 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    John Wall? How did he get into this conversation?

  12. eflem80 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    As a Knick fan, I’m honestly not concerned about ANY loss that they have until they get a loss at full strength. When they get rolled & the starting lineup that night is Felton, Shumpert, Melo, Amare, Chandler….then ill be “concerned”. So far, what I’ve seen is the bulls beat a Melo-less Knicks in Chicago, an Amare-less Knicks abt a week ago & a Felton-less Knicks last night. No doubt the Bulls are a hard nose & disciplined team hence the reason why hey play so well even without Rose but remember they did this crap against the heat too all regular season but when the playoffs come around…its about stars & the fact is the bulls are still just a one man team.

    • bullzfan1144 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Amare is robbing the knicks of millions of dollars. lol he hasnt been a factor since his 1st couple games with the knicks. Melo too worried bout cheerios to win. he has never played defense. and idk who made the comment about shutting Rose dwn. lmao. who in the league besides Lebron for 1 half in the E.C finals. and even then they doubled him and trapped him. No1 in the Nba can shut dwn Derrrick Rose besides Thibs when he sits him on the bench for a lil rest. some1 pls direct me to video of 1 guy shutting Rose dwn. i will be waiting…….

      • badintent - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        When Rose comes back , does he pull a Kobe and jack 28 shots a game and screw up the team chemistry Does his knee blow out again like Amare ‘s did ? Boozer is an old dude , does he run out of steam come playoff time.Better clean your Rose-Colored glasses , the distortion will get you in trouble everytime.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      The bulls played the heat in four really close games that could have gone either way 2 years ago. The playoffs went much the same way, only the heat came out on top. This is not the same. Noah continues to outplay chandler. Deng can play melo as well as anyone. The Knicks defense is really porous and a healthy Raymond Felton isn’t going to fix that. Counting on the oldest roster in nba history to be healthy to win in the playoffs is a real longshot. Not to mention the bulls do have a guy that will be coming back from an injury as well.

  13. gmsingh - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    The Bulls looked excellent against both the Heat and the Knicks this year–now if they can just come up with a game plan for beating the Bobcats.

  14. watermelon1 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Of course… when the Bulls were continually allowed to get away with stuff like seen in the picture above, it certainly helps.

    That’s not even good defense in football, let alone basketball.

    • gmsingh - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Melo could always follow them out to their bus if he didn’t like ti.

  15. nycalldayz - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Saw the game last night and Melo played like crap. It seems like physical defensive teams frustrate Melo and the Knicks. Wonder if the dust-up between Melo and KG has got to Melo’s head? If so Melo is weak. Just saying.

  16. dysraw1 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    its a small bump in along NBA.season no need hit the panic button, a little concern with certain things but no need to panic

  17. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Well, John Wall kind of IS garbage…

  18. mrbiz8505 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    That “one man team” just beat the Knicks for the 3rd time…….without that “one man”

  19. zeechball - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Funny listening to these Knicks fans claim they would have won at “full strength” They wont be at full strength all season with the likes of Wallace Camby Kidd Big Sexy and Amare who has the body of a 40 year old. The Knicks wont beat the Bulls at all. No Rose for all 3 games and no rip and hinrich for two of these 3. The Bulls are just a better team and match up for what the knicks do well

  20. rollteal - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Go Bulls !!!!!

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