Knicks shoot lights out in win vs. Bulls
Toney Douglas scored a career-high 30 points, and the New York Knicks made 16 of 24 3-point attempts in a 120-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
It was an astounding display from the outside for the Knicks after they hit just 29.1 percent over the first three games. Leading the charge was Douglas, who made 5 of 9 but he had plenty of help.
Danilo Gallinari hit four 3s without a miss and finished with 24 points - all but three in the first half as the Knicks took a 21-point lead in going up 70-52 at halftime.
Raymond Felton was 4 of 6 from long range and finished with 20 points and 10 assists, while Amare Stoudemire added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks who got a reprieve after a dramatic first week.
Besides close losses to Boston and Portland after taking the opener from Toronto, they had to postpone Tuesday's home game against Orlando because of an asbestos scare at Madison Square Garden.
They overcame another big effort from Chicago's Derrick Rose, who scored 24 points and had 14 assists, but he sat out the final 9:31. That didn't sit well with fans who chanted "We want Rose!" in the closing minutes as the Bulls made one final push.
Kyle Korver finished with 18 points and Luol Deng scored 17 after pouring in a career-high 40 in a win over Portland on Monday.
The Bulls were trailing by 17 points before making a run late in the third, cutting it to 10 on a 3-pointer by Deng with 28 seconds left, They were within 95-87 after a 3 by Korver early in the fourth. The Knicks responded by scoring 10 straight points with Ronny Turiaf's three-point play on a dunk with 9:31 left capping that spurt.
That's when Rose headed to the sideline, and the Bulls again chipped away at the lead but couldn't pull this one out.
NOTES: Rose apologized for missing a scheduled taping of CBS' "The Good Wife" in New York on Tuesday. He was scheduled to fly in for the day, but he said he overslept after the Bulls played Portland the previous night. "I'm happy it's out of the way," Rose said. "I talked to the producer today, just apologized to him. He said that he felt that it really wasn't anything that big. ... I'm not that type of guy where I'll try to big-time anyone or anything. It's not in my character as a person and I'm sorry I did it." ... Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wasn't about to wax nostalgic over going against former boss Doc Rivers when the Bulls visit Boston on Friday. "I'm not really thinking about Boston right now," he said. Thibodeau spent three seasons as an assistant in Boston before taking the Bulls' job in the offseason. ... This was the Knicks' first game on TNT since Nov. 29, 2007, when they got crushed 104-59 by Boston.