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Knicks Put On 3 Point Clinic Against Bulls In Chicago



To say that the New York Knicks (2-2) were hot from the 3-point line against the Chicago Bulls (2-2) Thursday night in Chicago would be a vast understatement. I would describe the performance that they put on Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago against the Bulls, as more like scorching. In their first three games of the season, the Knicks couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn when it came to their 3 point shooting abilities, but Thursday night was a very different story. The final score of the game was the Knicks 120, and the Bulls 112.

The New York Knicks came into this game with a 29.1 three point shooting percentage. On this night though, it seemed like they couldn’t miss from long range. Danillo Gallinari was 4 of 4, Tony Douglas scored a career high 30 points, and was 5 of 9, and Raymond Felton was 4 of 6 from the 3-point line respectively. The Knicks were 16 of 24 long range shooting collectively as a team, and in the end, it was just too much for the Bulls to overcome. Because of their hot shooting, the Knicks held an 18-point lead at halftime.

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Thanks to another phenomenal game from Derrick Rose, the Bulls were able to chip away at New York’s lead, and only trailed by 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Early in the 4th quarter though, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau pulled most of his starters, including Derrick Rose, and that didn’t set well with fans at the United Center. In the 4th quarter, Bulls fans started a very loud and thunderous chant of “We want Rose, We want Rose!” The crowd’s chant was to no avail. The Chicago Bulls bench actually did a good job cutting into the Knicks lead, but with New York being so hot from the outside, they were only able to get as close at 8 points. Head coach Tom Thibodeau explained his reasoning for leaving his bench players out there for most of the 4th quarter after the game.

“I thought the second unit fought hard to close it, (Knicks lead) and I wanted to see what they could get out of it.”



In Thibodeau’s defense, Derrick Rose had already played 34:59 minutes in the game, and the Bulls also turn around and play the Boston Celtics tonight in Boston. Not only is that a back-to-back situation for the Bulls, but it’s also taking into account traveling to Boston, and playing a very tough Celtics team the very next night. Joakim Noah had also logged heavy minutes in the game, (32:30) and joined Rose on the bench for most of the 4th quarter as well. Chicago Bulls small forward Loul Deng was in agreement with his coach’s decision, Rose had no comment after the game.

Derrick Rose had another all around great game, and finished with a team high 24 points, while handing out 14 assists, to go along with 1 rebound and 1 steal. Joakim Noah is averaging a double double in points and rebounds in every game this season so far, and Thursday night was no exception. Noah finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Five Chicago Bulls scored in double figures for the game. Besides Rose’s 24 and Noah’s 12, Loul Deng scored 17, while both Taj Gibson and Kyle Korver scored 18 points each.


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By: Pete Monstwillo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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