Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 20, 2018 10:36 AM
New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) puts up a shot against Chicago Bulls center Cristiano Felicio (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in New York. The Bulls won 110-92. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
By Jeffrey Bernstein, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as the New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 110-92 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Troy Williams added 11 for the Knicks.
Cristiano Felicio scored a career-high 17 points for the Bulls, who were missing their top three scorers and went 3-for-30 from 3-point range. Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney scored 16 points apiece.
The Knicks used an 11-0 run to end the second quarter and take a 47-37 halftime lead.
Felicio scored Chicago's first 11 points of the second half and the Bulls pulled within four, 56-52, on Denzel Valentine's layup with 7:45 left.
That was close as they would get, as the Knicks followed with a 21-5 stretch and opened up a 77-57 lead on the second of Hardaway's consecutive three-pointers with 2:35 left in the quarter.
New York led 83-67 at the end of the third, and the Bulls got within 10 points midway through the fourth. The Knicks responded with an 11-2 run that put the game away.
Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said Kris Dunn was being put in a walking boot after he suffered a right toe sprain against Memphis on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Dunn also missed Chicago's game against Cleveland on Saturday. ... The Bulls had beaten the Knicks in the teams' previous three meetings this season.
Knicks: Courtney Lee returned after missing Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game for personal reasons. Lance Thomas missed his second straight game for personal reasons. ... The Knicks ended their five-game homestand at 2-3.
MISSING THE POINT
Chicago's Zach LaVine (16.7 points per game), Lauri Markkanen (14.9) and Dunn (13.4) were out with injuries. Nikola Mirotic, who had been leading the Bulls in scoring (16.8), was traded to New Orleans on February 1 (Feb. 2, PHL time).
HONORING A HERO
During a timeout, the Knicks honored former Army Staff Sgt. Alfredo De Los Santos and presented him with a $10,000 scholarship for his daughter, Josely. De Los Santos lost his right leg when he was wounded in Afghanistan in 2008. He is now a professional hand cyclist who had a 4th-place finish at the 2016 Paralympics.
The Bulls lost to the Cavaliers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and dropped consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 26-27 (Feb. 27-28, PHL time). The Knicks, who beat the Hornets on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 26-30 (Jan. 27-31, PHL time).
Denzel Valentine is the only player on either team who has played in every game this season. He has started 34 of the Bulls' 70 games.
Bulls: Host Denver on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Knicks: Visit Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).