Deng It: Knicks lose to Bulls
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Luol Deng had 24 points and nine rebounds to
lead the Chicago Bulls to a 106-95 win over the New York Knicks at Madison
Kirk Hinrich added 21 points and eight assists and Andres Nocioni had 19
points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who ended a seven-game road trip with
their only win.
Jamal Crawford had 26 points and Eddy Curry added 20 points and six rebounds
for the Knicks, whose struggles continue. Steve Francis had 15 points and
David Lee added 12 points and 12 rebounds, as New York has lost four of five
and fell to 5-10 this season.
Stephon Marbury was held without a point and did not attempt a shot, as he was
benched once again by head coach Isiah Thomas, who is fighting to keep his
The Bulls led the entire way, carrying a 27-21 lead after one quarter, and
leading 38-30 when they began their 16-2 run. Chris Duhon hit a pair of threes
during the surge and Deng and Malik Allen combined for eight points, as
Chicago went ahead 54-32.
The run allowed Chicago to carry a 54-34 lead into halftime and the third
quarter was much of the same, as the Bulls led 82-62 going into the final 12
New York made it interesting late, drawing within 98-93 when Curry hit a
bucket with under two minutes to play. However, Chicago buckled down and
scored eight of the final 10 points on its way to victory.
Renaldo Balkman had 10 points and 12 boards for the first double-double of his
career…Francis and Chicago head coach Scott Skiles were both ejected for
arguing with officials on separate occasions…New York fell to 1-6 at
home…Chicago improved to 2-8 on the road…Chicago has won seven of eight
from New York…The Knicks’ Channing Frye left the game with an ankle injury
and did not return.