The Knicks entered the contest tonight having won nine of their last 10 games, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the Bulls couldn’t get the job done tonight.
Were former Chicago Bulls players Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose key ingredients in the New York Knick’s winning formula in their 113-94 win against the Bulls tonight?
Certainly not. But are we nostalgic Bulls fans who drown our current sorrows in memories of 2010 thus making it appropriate to mention those two guys in the lead? Absolutely. Taj and Rose combined for 10 points, Gibson had eight rebounds, and Rose had six assists to offset a poor shooting night.
It was Julius Randle (34 points on 12-for-23 from the field) and RJ Barrett (22 points) who did the real damage against the Bulls.
Every Knicks starter was a +12 or better, which made Tom Thibodeau do something extremely rare.
TOM THIBODEAU SMILE OMG WHAT A NIGHT pic.twitter.com/fsISIX1p3y— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) April 29, 2021
The Bulls again fell behind early, but were able to fight back in the second half. They took the lead at one point in the third quarter. However, getting outscored by 18 points in the 4th quarter isn’t a recipe for victory and that’s exactly what sunk the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Bulls offense in this stretch without Zach LaVine continues to follow a familiar pattern. Nikola Vucevic had a monster 26 point and 18 rebound double-double. Besides that though. the only thing that stood out was Coby White and his nine assists as the offense was forgettable yet again.
The Bulls also finished the game with three technical fouls. While the refs’ whistles didn’t seem to be in their favor for most of the night, a few more favorable calls here and there probably wouldn’t have negated the Knicks 18 point final advantage.
Billy Donovan refused to blame officiating. Said early stretch of 4th when Bulls had trouble containing Quickley was critical.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 29, 2021
Of course, the Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers tonight meaning the Bulls fall further behind in the “race” for that last play-in spot. The Bulls have some work to do if they want to still get a playoff spot with just 10 games left in the regular season.