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Knicks Hold Off Bulls

New  York, NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - The New York Knicks were on the wrong end 
of  back-to-back blowouts.  They were hurt. They built a 23-point lead against 
the Chicago Bulls, let  them come back to tie the score, then escaped Madison 
Square Garden on the winning end of a stinker. 

But  a win  is a win -- and the  Knicks haven't seen many of those in the last 

Carmelo  Anthony scored 30 points, Amare Stoudemire had 14 and the Knicks beat 
the  Bulls 83-78  on Wednesday night despite shooting 21 percent in the fourth 

The Knicks took control with a 19-0 run to start the second quarter and led by 
as  many as 23 before a 33-10 Bulls run spanning the third and fourth quarters 
tied the game. 

Stoudemire's  jumper  and Anthony's free  throws stopped the surge, giving New 
York  a four-point  lead with 1:29 left,  and the Bulls let the shot clock run 
out then turned the ball over on two possessions in the final minute, allowing 
Anthony to seal the win at the foul line. 

"We closed it out," Anthony said. "We figured out a way to close the game out. 
Everybody  did  their job  defensively, communicating, and  we pulled the game 

Anthony  had  a double-double, getting  10 rebounds, and Stoudemire approached 
one  off the  bench with nine boards. It  was only the Knicks' third win in 14 
games  and just  their third victory at  home this season. They snapped a six- 
game losing streak to the Bulls. 

Both  teams were coming off losses Tuesday night. And the Knicks, who had lost 
to  the Celtics and Cavaliers by a combined score of 223-167 in their last two 
games, were without point guard Raymond Felton, who sat with a sore hamstring. 

But  Kenyon Martin  was back after missing  two games with an ankle injury and 
the Knicks benefited from playing an equally hurt Bulls team. 

Chicago,  which lost its  third in a row to fall to 2-9 in its last 11, missed 
Luol  Deng  (sore left Achilles)  and Jimmy Butler  (toe) again but had Joakim 
Noah back from a thigh injury, 

Mike  Dunleavy led the  Bulls with 20 points while Carlos Boozer, Noah and Taj 
Gibson scored 12 apiece. 

"It's  real  tough right  now,"  Gibson  said of  his  team  dealing with  the 
injuries. "We're just trying to find a way to win." 

Gibson had 10 points during Chicago's big run, which turned a 23-point deficit 
midway  through the  third quarter into a  tie game on Noah's tip-in with 3:38 

Pablo  Prigioni started for Felton and scored half of his six points on a 3 to 
spark  a 9-2 run opening the game for New York. The Knicks trailed 17-15 going 
into  the second quarter,  but 19 straight points shifted the tone of the game 
for the home team. 

Stoudemire  and  Beno Udrih scored six  points apiece and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 
five  in a row  during the surge, which gave the Knicks a 17-point lead midway 
through the quarter. 

They led by 14 at halftime, 46-32, and took a 23-point lead on J.R. Smith's 3- 
pointer  that made it 64-41 six minutes into the third quarter. Gibson sparked 
an  8-0  run for the Bulls  near the end of  the quarter, helping to pull them 
within 68-54 going into the fourth. 

                                   Game Notes 

New  York's last win  over the Bulls came April 8, 2012 ... The Knicks play on 
the  road against Boston on Friday ... The Bulls remain on the road to play in 
Milwaukee on Friday. 

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