There were four people ejected from the Bulls-Knicks game Friday night including Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Mike Woodson, and Joakim Noah. The Bulls were able to pull out a tight 110-106 victory as they beat the Knicks for the second time this season and handed New York only their second home loss of the season and seventh overall. The Bulls improved to 15-10 on the year, including 7-4 on the road as they continue to be a better team on the road than at home thus far in the young season. The Bulls defense gave up points to Felton, Smith, and Anthony as each had over 20 points but other than those three players the rest of the team scored a combined 30 points which was one of the reasons the Bulls were able to pull out the victory and another reason could be attributed to the poor three point shooting as the Knicks were held to only 8 made three point field goals on 26 attempts, for a 30.8% three point percentage. This was a nice win for the Bulls as it will help continue to build their confidence but they still have to look at the fact that they won when the Knicks had three people ejected including MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony and Coach of the Year candidate Mike Woodson. However, a win is a win and the Bulls will continue to take them no matter how they come as they continue the awaited comeback of Derrick Rose.
The Bulls were led by Luol Deng who scored 29 points to go along with 13 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich who messed around and almost got a triple-double with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. These two were not the only bright spots though as every starter scored at least 9 points and Nate Robinson kicked-in 11 points off of the bench to help in the Bulls victory. Joakim Noah continued his solid play with 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds as he continues to be a key player in the Bulls victories early on in the year.
The Bulls pulled off the victory tonight but their bench still has the coaching staff and fans wanting more out of them. The bench only had 19 points tonight combined. The production had something to do with volume with not a lot of minutes but the early season struggles and lack of experience as well as depth of the bench can be to blame for Coach Thibodeau not wanting to go to them a lot. The Bulls will continue to rely on their starters at this point, it seems, but sooner or later there is going to have to be a go-to-guy for Coach Thibodeau off of the bench that he can rely on when the situation arises.
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