Bulls Vs. Knicks: Chicago Wins After Dominant Second Half; Carlos Boozer Grabs 22 Boards

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Bulls Vs. Knicks Score: Chicago Dominates Second Half, Inches Closer To No. 1 Overall Record With Win

The first half between the Bulls and Knicks was a fairly even affair, with New York having the slight upper hand, but the second half was a completely different story. The Knicks started the third quarter incredibly flat, allowing the Bulls to open up a massive lead, and it was all over from there. New York scored two points in the first seven minutes of the third while the Bulls put on an offensive clinic, effectively ending the game with 17 minutes remaining. The Bulls simply had to hold serve in the fourth quarter and did just that, eventually winning by a score of 103-90.

Derrick Rose put together a great offensive second half after a mediocre first half, while Carlos Boozer put on a masterful defensive performance, complete with 22 rebounds. With this win, the Bulls have put the pressure on the San Antonio Spurs to match them in a race to determine the No. 1 overall record in the NBA. 

For more on this game, Knicks fans should head over to Posting and Toasting, while Blog a Bull has your coverage from a Bulls perspective.

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Bulls Vs. Knicks Score: Chicago Dominates Third Quarter, Leads Big

After outplaying the Chicago Bulls, although slightly, for the first two quarters, the New York Knicks managed to come out incredibly flat on both ends of the floor in the third quarter, and managed to get outscored by a considerable margin. A 55-53 lead at halftime has turned into an 84-73 deficit after three quarters. Derrick Rose heated up considerably after a lackluster first two quarters as the Bulls outscored the Knicks 32 to 18 in the third.

Incredibly, the score could have been quite a bit worse for the Knicks. They only scored two points in the first seven minutes of the quarter, and looked to be headed for a completely insurmountable deficit. Luckily, they heated up a bit at the end of the quarter, and we may still have a game in the fourth. Incredibly, both teams are still playing all of their stars. I cannot explain this for the life of me.

For more on this game, Knicks fans should head over to Posting and Toasting, while Blog a Bull has your coverage from a Bulls perspective.

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Ronnie Brewer Injury: Sprained Left Thumb Takes Guard Out Of Bulls Vs. Knicks

Ronnie Brewer is not having a good night. First, the Bulls guard was the unfortunate victim of a little shot to the man area, and then he went and injured his left thumb. His injury has been confirmed as a sprain, and he will not return to Tuesday night's game between the Bulls and Knicks, as confirmed by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Ronnie Brewer is now out with that sprained left thumb. Will not return.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Brewer played eight minutes in the second quarter for the Bulls, but struggled in his time on the floor. Still, heading into the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Bulls need every single body that they can get, and they won't be happy to see their bench get potentially thinner. At this point, there's no long term prognosis or report on the severity of the sprain.

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Bulls Vs. Knicks Score: New York Holds A Narrow Halftime Lead

Despite being locked into their playoff seeds, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are playing like there's still something on the line tonight. Both teams' starters played the entirety of the first quarter and a good chunk of the second quarter, and it appears that most of the stars for the two teams will play close to 40 minutes tonight. What Tom Thibodeau and Mike D'Antoni are thinking, I'm not exactly sure, but their questionable decision making has produced a pretty entertaining basketball game. At halftime, the Knicks lead the Bulls narrowly by a score of 55-52.

Derrick Rose continues to do random impressive things, but they truly are at random. He's not shooting well from the floor, and he's gone into the locker room with just two first half dimes to his name. Carlos Boozer isn't shooting well either, but Luol Deng is doing his part, while C.J Watson has been good off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony is shooting well for the Knicks, but the real player of the game so far has been Chauncey Billups, who has 10 points and 7 assists. Amar'e Stoudemire's absence has predictably led to the Bulls out-rebounding the Knicks by a significant margin, but the Bulls are only the better team in that department, as well as producing TV highlights plays. In every other aspect of the game, it's all Knicks.

For more on this game, Knicks fans should head over to Posting and Toasting, while Blog a Bull has your coverage from a Bulls perspective.

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Bulls Vs. Knicks Score: New York Leads After First Quarter, Carmelo Anthony Hot

The New York Knicks are leading the Chicago Bulls by a score of 27-24, but for some reason, that doesn't feel like the case. Carmelo Anthony has 11 points on four made field goals and two made free throws, but for some reason, I just want to write about how entertaining Derrick Rose is. Rose, by the way, shot 2-7 from the floor and dished out two dimes, an average or slightly below average line for him.

It's obvious to see where all of this MVP talk is from when you think about it. Rose is not having a mind-blowing statistical year, but there's just something about him. He had one great assist to Joakim Noah and one stunning alley-oop finish of his own. Despite the fact that he's shooting poorly and Anthony is shooting brilliantly, Rose stole the show in the first quarter. He does this in basically every single game.

Wait, the Knicks are winning?

By the way, both coaches elected to play their starters the entirety of the first quarter for some absurd reason. Both teams have predictably started the second quarter with second units on the floor. We'll know by the third quarter whether or not anyone's getting rested.

For more on this game, Knicks fans should head over to Posting and Toasting, while Blog a Bull has your coverage from a Bulls perspective.

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Bulls Vs. Knicks: Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony Hopefully Playing Limited Minutes

For the sake of the NBA Playoffs, it would be really, really awesome if none of the stars for the Chicago Bulls or the New York Knicks got injured tonight. I think that is something that all basketball fans would enjoy. So, for the love of [deity of your choosing], I hope that Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose stay on the bench for most of tonight's game (8 pm ET, TNT).

Both the Bulls and Knicks are locked into their playoff seeds, so they're probably just giving their benches an extended look and playing for pride tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Bulls still have No. 1 overall in the NBA to play for, but it's possible that the punishment Rose took in the Bulls' game against Orlando over the weekend scared Tom Thibodeau enough to rest his MVP candidate.

The Knicks are without Amar'e Stoudemire, who will likely sit out until the beginning of the postseason. Without him, the Knicks struggle on the boards, and even a Bulls team who gives some rest to their starters would likely have a good advantage over their opponents on the glass.

For more on this game, Knicks fans should head over to Posting and Toasting, while Blog a Bull has your coverage from a Bulls perspective.

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