Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points and Carmelo Anthony added 25 to lead the New York Knicks to a 117-104 victory over the Bulls on Friday night in the triumphant return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to Chicago.
Rose, the Bulls' first-round draft pick in 2008, finished with 15 points and 11 assists, while Noah, a 2007 first-rounder, had 16 points and nine rebounds. They teamed up to play a familiar two-man game late as New York held off a Chicago rally. >> Read more at SNY.tv...
- Big time win for a team that was on the ropes early and had lost their first two games on the road. Once again the key was getting out to a hot start and making the Bulls climb uphill all game.
- Give Jeff Hornacek a ton of credit for going heavy with the first team playing all of their starters over 32 minutes led by Courtney Lee's 40. The second unit is an issue going forward, but that's a worry for another day.
- Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah were spectacular. Rose had 15 points and 11 assists, while Noah finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. It's very obvious to me that when the ball is in Noah's hands only good things happen -- incredible passer.
- The Knicks were able to over come the Bulls offensive rebounds. Chicago finished with 15 offensive rebounds and 20 second half points.
- Kristaps Porzingis played his best game of the year, finishing with 27 points and carrying the team offensively in the third quarter that saw the team go on a 10-0 run that stretched the lead to 15 putting it out of reach.
- Carmelo Anthony hit the biggest shot of the game, a corner 3-pointer off of a great pass from Rose.
- Anthony finished with 25 points and seven rebounds.
- Derrick Rose overcame some on-the-court challenges to be successful. He looked right at home, but it was clear the Bulls' defense had a familiar plan for him. As Chicago clogged up the lanes and applied pressure inside, Rose found his teammates. His ability to react and take what the defense gave him was evident in his 11 assists. Great vision.
- Rose and Brandon Jennings (7 assists) received a decent amount of court time alongside one another. Should this continue, it'll be a great development for the Knicks. Given how unselfish Jennings has been this season, having two floor generals on the hardwood makes this team really strong.
- New York obviously had a game plan to follow: get the ball to Kristaps Porzingis. After an otherwise difficult week for him, the Knicks' fluidity on offense was sparked by their efforts to assertively embrace their most versatile offensive weapon. Porzingis' 27 points led the way and he served as a threat to help spread the floor tremendously.
- Dwyane Wade (35 points) and Jimmy Butler (26 points) both went off, but the Knicks deserve praise for their elevated defensive intensity. There was more focus, improved communication, and their zone defense was especially strong.