Knicks 103 Bulls 95
Phenomenal win for the Knicks. I said at halftime that in order to win this game they were going to half to play defense and rebound better inside, and they sure did. They held the Bulls to just 41 second half points, including just 12 in the fourth quarter. They forced Chicago into committing 20 turnovers, and hounded Derrick Rose in the second half. One major stat that has stuck out this year for the Knicks is their blocked shots. They are second in the NBA in blocks per game, and blocked 10 shots tonight, 6 of which came from Amare Stoudemire.
The Knicks got balance from their starting 5 as every starter was in double figures, as well as Raymond Felton, Amare Stoudemire, Landry Fields and Wilson Chandler all recording double doubles. Raymond Felton came up with big plays offensively and defensively down the stretch, as him and Amare recorded their 15th, and 16th double doubles of the year, respectively. Although Chandler was forced to sit in the first half because of foul trouble he still managed to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Landry Fields finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, including an impressive three point play following up a missed free throw from Stoudemire in the third quarter. Danilo Gallinari had an excellent third quarter, knocking down all three of his three's in that quarter, to finish with 15 points.
This was a very important game for the Knicks because of their upcoming schedule. Three of their next four games include Miami, Orlando, and San Antonio, so winning these last two games definitely gives them some confidence moving forward. We all knew the Knicks could score, but it just goes to show you how much better they could be if they play defense the way that they did in that fourth quarter. I'm very happy about the win, but lets go and BEAT THE HEAT. Merry Christmas everyone.