Fast-Break Recap: New York Knicks 115, Chicago Bulls 107

Game 70: Chicago Bulls (36-34) lose to New York Knicks (29-43), 115-107

March 23, 2016
United Center – Chicago


Quick Take

The game was relatively tight in the first half, but the Knicks’ 35-point third quarter propelled them to a 92-73 lead. Meanwhile, the Bulls struggled, not just on the defensive end as the Knicks’ point total suggests, but offensively. The Bulls could only scrounge up 18 points to go up against the Knicks’ 35, but they didn’t let that hinder the fourth quarter performance.
Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Bulls’ attempted comeback. But, toward the end of the quarter, the Bulls got a little sloppy with the ball and settled for 3-pointers when they had more than enough time to drive to the basket for better shots.


Player of the Game

Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis led the Knicks with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds and shot 11-for-16 from the field in 31 minutes. He also went 3-of-6 on 3-pointers, making one less three than Carmelo Anthony. His point total bested his teammates Aaron Afflalo, Anthony, Jose Calderon and Robin Lopez, who all played more minutes than Porzingis.
Honorable Mention
Mirotic posted a new career-high 35 points on 10-of-17 shooting and added six rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes. He also made nine 3-pointers, matching Ben Gordon‘s franchise best.


Key Numbers

The Knicks’ advantage in rebounding just goes to show what kind of effort the Bulls put into Wednesday night’s game. Even without Joakim Noah, the Bulls still have an elite frontcourt highlighted by Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Mirotic, so there’s no excuse for them to be outrebounded by such a significant margin.


Looking Forward

The Bulls will face the New York Knicks yet again Thursday night, but this time, at Madison Square Garden.


For more on the Bulls’ loss to the Knicks, check out our full recap.


Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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