Bulls trounce Knicks, 122-119, in double overtime

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen revealed Wednesday that the former New York Knicks president made him eat some form of raw meat during a meeting in New York.

It was really good start for the Chicago Bulls as they began the game shooting the ball well.

The Bulls are trying to rebound after their 116-107 loss to the Houston Rockets in their last outing.

In Charlotte, Harrison Barnes had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Yogi Ferrell made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Dallas fended off fatigue to beat a fresh Hornets team. Markkanen drilled in eight of 15 attempt from the 3-point area so far.

They were 19-21 after a much needed and gripping 100-96 win in Dallas Sunday night against the Mavericks, the Knicks' final game of a three-game, five-day road trip. The Knicks held the Mavericks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.5 (below the 23.0 mark opponents have averaged against NY this season) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.413 (below their season average of 0.523).

Kemba Walker had 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting for the Hornets.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Knicks are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line.

The Knicks forced a 24-second violation on the next possession, but couldn't take advantage of the turnover.

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Chicago comes into the contest with records of 14-27 straight up (SU) and 22-16-3 against the spread (ATS). Bryan doesn't hold any punches when discussing the Knickerbockers, and with strong ties to the MI basketball program, he was the ideal person to talk to about a potential Tim Hardaway Jr. Unlike Chicago, games featuring the Knicks have gone under the total 52.5 percent of the time.

The Knicks erased a four-point deficit late in regulation and dug out of a five-point hole in overtime but they ran out of dramatic plays in the second extra session. Lopez finished the night with 20 points. After a defensive stand, Jack fed Porzingis for the game-tying dunk with 1:47 left. They still sit at 15-7 at home on the season. NY then selected Frank Ntilikina, leaving Smith on the board for the Mavericks at No. 9. The Knicks have had a tough time on the road, winning just four of 18 this season.

NY ranks fifth in rebounds allowed per game (41.3) while Chicago ranks 27th (45.5).

We all know how the rest of the story unfolded: The Knicks kept Porzingis, drafted Frank Ntilikina one spot after the Bulls took Markkanen, and Jackson was sacked. Jarrett Jack and Courtney Lee combined for 32 points, but it wasn't enough to repel the Bulls, who got 20 points each from Denzel Valentine and Robin Lopez plus 16 points from Justine Holiday.

NY ranks 11th in blocks per game (5.0) while Chicago ranks 28th (3.7). Chicago ended a four-game losing streak in NY.

Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help snap the Pacers' two-game winning streak.

Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in NY.

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