NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored a season-high 33 points, Kris Dunn shook off a nightmarish shooting night to make the tiebreaking basket in the second overtime, and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 122-119 on Wednesday night.
Dunn had missed 14 of his first 17 shots before banking in a runner with just under a minute left in the second extra period, and Markkanen finished it off by making two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Robin Lopez and Denzel Valentine each scored 20 points for the Bulls in their third narrow victory over the Knicks this season. Markkanen made eight 3-pointers though his highlight play was at the rim, when he threw down a dunk over Knicks center Enes Kanter.
Michael Beasley 26 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 24 points, including a dunk at the buzzer to force the second OT.
Jarrett Jack had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Knicks, but threw away a pass after coming up with a steal with the Knicks down two late in the second OT. >> Read more
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This is about as devastating a loss as it gets. Not only do they lose to the lowly Bulls yet again, but they do it at home, where they were 15-7. Three straight losses at home and three losses this season to the Bulls. You can't lose to one of the worst teams in the NBA three times and expect to make the playoffs. At the halfway point of the season now, the Knicks are 19-22. That puts them at a projected record of 38-44, which almost definitely puts them short of making the playoffs.
The Knicks collapsed late in this game, and were lucky to get this to overtime, let alone double OT. It took a Kristaps Porzingis dunk at the buzzer to tie it. The Knicks actually made 10 three-pointers which is amazing for them, but of course couldn't do it at the free throw line, where they missed eight free throws. The Bulls made 15 three-pointers, led by Lauri Markkanen, who made eight and scored 33 points. The Knicks could not execute late in this game, and that Jarrett Jack turnover was inexcusable. As a veteran, you can't make that pass to Michael Beasley. He had a triple double, but also five turnovers and that last one was alarming.
The good news for the Knicks? Tim Hardaway Jr. is likely going to make his return either Friday or Sunday, and they badly need him. New York needs another shooter to go to and their second-leading scorer on the floor, which may help get the Knicks back to winning ways. It's 0-3 vs. the Bulls, three straight home losses, and nine losses in their last 12 games overall. They find new ways to lose late in games to break hearts. The return of Hardaway Jr. will hopefully get the Knicks back to .500 and a run at the playoffs. He might finally get his buddy Trey Burke on the roster this weekend too.
C. Lee 💨 pic.twitter.com/4893affzEA- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 11, 2018
The Knicks travel to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves at Target Center on Friday night at 8 p.m.