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    Chicago Bulls Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls 8:00 12/27/2017 [Game #34]





    (17-16) -- (11-22)

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    Tim Hardaway Jr - Left foot injury (OUT) Zach LaVine - Left ACL (OUT)
    - Cameron Payne - Right foot injury (OUT)
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls will go for their ninth win in 11 games when they return home to host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at United Center.

    Chicago (11-22) will play on short rest after outlasting the Milwaukee Bucks for a 115-106 win on Tuesday night. The victory marked the latest feel-good moment for the newly confident Bulls, who started the season 3-20.

    Meanwhile, New York (17-16) needs a win to stay above .500. The Knicks have dropped back-to-back games by single digits but have won five of their past eight.

    "I think we're ready," Knicks center Enes Kanter said to the New York Post. "I think we've got to set the tone early, especially the first game (of a three-game road trip) with the Bulls. We owe them one."

    Kanter spoke in reference to the Bulls' 104-102 win over the Knicks on Dec. 9.

    Forward Nikola Mirotic led Chicago with 19 points off the bench. Five other Bulls players scored in double digits, including guard Kris Dunn (17 points), forward Lauri Markkanen (15 points) and guard David Nwaba (15 points).

    Forward Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks in their first game against Chicago, with 23 points on 10-of-25 shooting. The third-year star from Latvia is averaging a team-high 24.6 points this season.

    Mirotic was not expected to serve a similar role for the Bulls, especially after he sustained facial fractures during a confrontation with teammate Bobby Portis in practice before the season. Yet the 6-foot-10 sharpshooter from the small European nation of Montenegro has scored in double digits in eight of 11 games this season.

    After not speaking for weeks, Mirotic and Portis now trade high-fives on the court after good plays.

    "We are playing aggressive," Mirotic told the Chicago Tribune when discussing his team's recent success. "It's all about the work. We already showed that we can win games while playing well. Now it's about being consistent."

    The Knicks likely will play without guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who has a stress injury to his lower left leg and could be sidelined until January. Hardaway is averaging 17.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in his fifth season.

    The Bulls continue to wait for the season debut of guard Zach LaVine, whom they acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves during the offseason as part of a trade for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. LaVine averaged 13.7 points in his first three seasons in Minnesota and could join the resurgent Bulls in the coming month.

    The Knicks have won six of their past eight games against the Bulls. They are 103-119 all-time against Chicago.

    Chicago is 7-8 at home. New York is 2-10 on the road.

    "I think on the road we just need to learn how to win," Kanter said to the Post. "It's really important. If we want to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs, we need to learn how to win on the road and just stay together."

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    Great Game Thread Rady .. the Bulls has been playing a tight attacking defense on their opponents lately plus all the Bulls players has been doing their home work on the scouting report before each game since the return of Mirotic .. Portis n Mirotic has teamed up well together on the court .. we need the same type of performance from our tandem forwards KP n Mcderm.
    We need to just play Lee at the 2 guard n let Beasley n Mcderm receive all the minutes at the SF position in this game.
    The Bulls played a winning game yesterday in Milwaukee against the Bucks n are back in Chicago today to play us .. Kanter is right .. we need this win for two reasons .. 1 to get our first win on 3 game road trip n 2 to get revenge for our previous loss to the Bulls.
    Horn will have to come up with a good scoring rotation VS the Bulls defensive attack .. GO Knicks

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    Sounds like from the pregame show that McDermott gets the start and Lance Thomas goes to the bench tonight. May be a strategic move to make sure Lance Thomas is available to guard Mirotic off the Bulls bench.

    Letís go Knicks!

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    Just tuning in and saw KP reject Rolo's hook shot and CLee contesting Holiday into a miss. Good D effort it looks like holding the Bulls to 17 pts Knicks up 28-17 1st qtr.

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    Nice drive by Frank using his off hand for 2.

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    Can't let up on the Bulls. Bucks had them down double digits in the 1st half but they pulled it out, they have those 3 pt shooters that can take back the lead fast.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Can't let up on the Bulls. Bucks had them down double digits in the 1st half but they pulled it out, they have those 3 pt shooters that can take back the lead fast.
    What did I say, Markkanen and Valentine back to back 3s.

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    52-49 Knicks at the half. The boys were up by 15 but Bulls made a run on the back of some hot 3pt shooting.

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    This about as bad as you can bungle offensive possessions in the last minute of a game.

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    Jack needs to hit both these free throws.

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    Ah, friggin hell.

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    Knicks lead all game then choke at end. Putrid offense final 5 minutes. 4-23 from downtown.... Lee simply resorts to hero ball late in 4th.... wonít pass... possession ends in either a brick or a turnover.

    2 losses to CHI in CHI would pretty much ends the season. Gonna be a long spiral to nowhere if Jack misses these FTs.

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    Nobody on both teams could make a shot down the stretch. Then KP falls down allowing a 5-4 break by the Bulls and Markkanen jams it home for an 88-86 lead.

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    Dunn will go to the line with us down 1 and 7.8 seconds to go.

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    Just like Dougie did a few minutes ago... down 2 and Jack bricks the first FT.

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