Bulls end Knicks' 5-game winning streak

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — Leave it to Tom Thibodeau's vaunted defense to crash the Knicks' 3-point party.

Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks 93-85 on Saturday night, snapping New York's five-game winning streak.

Belinelli matched a career high by playing 45 minutes and sparked the Bulls at the outset with 15 points in the first quarter. Deng led the way at the end, getting 10 points in the fourth.

"I played a lot of minutes," Belinelli said. "We played great on offense and defense. ... That's the way we've got to play."

Deng played 46:34 in the game, helping the Bulls (11-8) to their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"You just keep focusing in on getting a win," Deng said. "While the game is going on, you do not feel fatigue."

Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 27 points, matching his season high set on Thursday in a victory at Miami. However, Felton was just 9 for 30 from the field, exceeding his career high for field-goal attempts by six shots.

"They took the 3s away, took my 3s away off the screen-and-roll, then they attacked the big (men)," Felton said. "That's why I took so many shots today. I normally don't take that many shots.

"Probably haven't taken 30 since high school."

Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot a season-low 32.1 percent from the floor and matched a season high with 15 turnovers. It was also a season-low point total for New York (14-5).

"You have to give them credit, they played great defense coming down the stretch run," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I thought they made the hustle plays that they needed to make in order to win the game, and we didn't."

New York, which averaged 13 makes and 33 attempts on 3s during its win streak, was held to 8 for 21 against Chicago, which has allowed the fewest 3-pointers in the league.

"Ain't nothing they did that was so special, they just took away the 3s," Felton said. "I got inside the paint like I wanted to, but at the same time, they took away the 3s and didn't let us get good shots."

Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. One night after putting up career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win at Detroit, Noah just missed an odd triple-double, getting 10 points and 11 rebounds and committing a career-worst nine turnovers.

The Knicks again played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game because of stitches in the middle finger of his left hand. Anthony, who is third in the NBA with 26.4 points per game, was hurt in a win over Charlotte on Wednesday.

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