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Game 44: Bulls 104, Knicks 99

13 Mar 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Derrick Rose: 32 points (.485 TS%), 6 rebounds, 7 assists
2. Taj Gibson: 15 points (.512 TS%), 13 rebounds (8 offensive)
3. Joakim Noah: 12 points (.505 TS%), 10 rebounds (4 off.), 5 ast, 2 stl, 3 blk

What’s crazy is this game went down to the final minute. Despite allowing 7,452,098,886 offensive rebounds, the Knicks were right there at the end. And why shouldn’t they have been? They have their moments, and Chicago, again, was playing without Luol Deng and C.J. Watson (and Rip Hamilton, but his absence is routine).

But the Knicks — or more specifically, their biggest stars — don’t play hard, and the Bulls play super-duper hard nearly all the time. Plus, Derrick Rose is a true, top-5 superstar, while Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, even at their best, are merely common all-stars.

Rose barely got a call all game, to his evident frustration, which made for a lot of rough, unfulfilled explosions into the lane (thanks, Tyson Chandler!), even as he clearly could get past Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis whenever he well pleased.

Amare has turned into Carlos Boozer with better fashion sense, so it was in character that he mostly stood around, bumping into three rebounds in 34 minutes while the Bulls amassed a 56-38 advantage on the boards, including 22 offensive rebounds.

The Knicks were the J.V. warmup. Tomorrow’s date with Miami is the varsity game.

Box Score

Record: 35-9, first in the NBA
Next: Wednesday 3/14 vs. Miami, 8:30 CT

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