Bulls vs. Knicks final score: Chicago loses 83-78 after valiant comeback attempt

Bruce Bennett

The Bulls erased a 23-point second-half deficit, but they couldn't make enough plays down the stretch in a truly hideous game.

I spent most of Wednesday night feeling sick to my stomach, and only some of that was from watching the unwatchable Bulls play the embarrassing Knicks. The Bulls appeared on the verge of one-upping their offensive ineptitude from the loss Tuesday against the Bucks, falling behind by 23 in the third quarter and looking completely hopeless with Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler still out of the lineup.

But thanks to some Knicks laziness at the tail end of the third quarter, the Bulls got a little life heading into the final frame. And that's when the sphincters really tightened up for New York, as their offense devolved into iso after iso for Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls fought all the way back to tie the game, but they couldn't come up with enough plays in the final minutes to complete the comeback, falling 83-78.

Anthony scored a game-high 30 points, while Amar'e Stoudemire added 14 points off the bench. No other Knick scored in double figures.

Mike Dunleavy had 20 points, but he shot just 7-of-24 from the field and 3-of-11 from three. Joakim Noah returned to the lineup and added a double-double, so that was nice. Carlos Boozer also had a double-double, but he sat down the stretch in favor of Taj Gibson. Meanwhile, Kirk Hinrich had two of the worst possessions you'll ever see when the Bulls really needed buckets and shot just 3-of-11, ruining a night that actually featured some nice hustle plays. The Bulls shot 33.3 percent overall and turned the ball over 22 times.

And that's all I have to say about that abomination.

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