The mom's who made the trip made sure they were heard loud and clear before the game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. It was hard to witness Bulls twitter talk down on him in the manner they did. Chicago must also step up its defensive effort along the 3-point arc, especially whenever Porzingis or former Bulls sharpshooter Doug McDermott linger around the bend.
Coach Jeff Hornacek should watch tape of how the Bulls got Lauri Markkanen so many open shots. Hardaway has missed 18 games since being sidelined in early December with a lower left leg stress injury. But he was scoreless in the overtime periods. Cousins was 2 of 10 from the field entering the fourth, but scored 14 points in the final quarter.
Durant became the 44th player in National Basketball Association history to score 20,000 career points, finishing with 40 as the Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped along with a 12-game unbeaten stretch in the Clippers rivalry. Wednesday night, he was instrumental in a double overtime win over the Knicks, going off for 33 points while hitting eight three-pointers and finishing one monster dunk. Jarrett Jack and Courtney Lee combined for 32 points, but it wasn't enough to repel the Bulls, who got 20 points each from Denzel Valentine and Robin Lopez plus 16 points from Justine Holiday. Jack put the Knicks on the board with a jumper with 3:05 to go.
"He had an awesome game", Porzingis said.
The Knicks rank third in second chance points per game (14.4) while the Bulls rank 24th (10.6). A running bank shot by Kris Dunn gave Chicago a 118-116 lead with 58.7 seconds to go.
The Knicks' rookie outperformed his counterpart, posting a stat line of seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks while running the Knicks' offense with veteran-like proficiency for most of the fourth quarter.
NY lost its three games to the Bulls by a combined 10 points. Markannen was fouled intentionally with 6.8 seconds left and he sank both free throws for the final points of the game. Smith, who struggled with his shot, going 5-14 for 11 points, was gracious in his appraisal of Ntilikina but downplayed the comparisons after the two engaged in a demonstrably friendly exchange on the court after the game. Jack inbounded the ball to himself off Dunn's back to score a tying basket. He then zipped an entry feed to a cutting Porzingis for a one-handed stuff for a 112-112 tie to force a second overtime. After Jack missed inside, Dunn missed on the other end.
Russell Westbrook had 38 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.
Kristaps Porzingis finished with 24 points and six rebounds while Michael Beasley had 25 off the bench.
In regulation, the Bulls led 98-92 with 5:45 remaining. Ellington was one of three Miami players with 15 points. The refs initially ruled Knicks' ball. The Knicks rebounded and called timeout with four-tenths of a second left. By the time Kanter met Markkanen at the rim, it was too late. Al appeared regularly on the YES Network's Nets pregame show in 2005-11.