CHICAGO — A caller rivalry lives successful the present.
In a classical reminiscent of the Bulls-Knicks wars of the 1990s, the Knicks astir choked it each distant successful the last 3 minutes astatine a deafening United Center. But they hung connected for a a 104-103 triumph Thursday nighttime erstwhile a game-winning jumper successful the past seconds by DeMar DeRozan implicit RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson became an airball.
The Knicks blew astir each of a precocious 13-point lead, giving the Bulls a accidental to triumph it connected a past possession.
Julius Randle was fouled but missed some escaped throws, and the Bulls had the shot with 4.8 seconds left. The Knicks, though, made 1 large antiaircraft halt to escape.
The Bulls made the much splashier moves successful the offseason, but they chose to wage constituent defender Lonzo Ball the infinitesimal escaped bureau began and ne'er considered Kemba Walker.
At slightest for the present and now, that looks similar a large Chitown mistake.
In his 2nd consecutive potent outing, Walker lit up from the 3-point line, draining 5 of 6 3s. Walker finished with a season-high 21 points arsenic the Knicks ruined “Joakim Noah Night’’ by grinding their mode to the triumph implicit the antecedently unbeaten Bulls.
The Knicks moved to 4-1 arsenic did the Bulls, who had an casual docket successful compiling their unbeaten mark. The Knicks person triumphs implicit the Celtics, Magic, 76ers and Bulls successful their champion commencement since the 2012-13 season.
Ball, whom the Knicks decided to walk connected without making an connection successful escaped agency, scored conscionable six points connected 2-for-8 shooting — 1 of 6 from 3-point scope — and had 4 assists. But helium did play bully defence precocious coming up with 2 steals portion matched connected Randle.
Barrett scored 20 points and was terrific unit connected the accelerated break. The Knicks didn’t request a large scoring nighttime from Randle, but astir got a triple-double contempt his wayward changeable and free-throw yips astatine the end. Randle posted 13 points, 9 assists and 16 rebounds, on with 4 turnovers.
This was a litmus trial the Knicks hardly passed, a large roadworthy triumph against a apical hostile — thing they ne'er seemed to execute erstwhile Noah was connected their side.
Ex-Bull Derrick Rose, erstwhile helium checked successful for Walker successful the archetypal quarter, received a lasting ovation and chants of “M-V-P.’’ On a nighttime Walker did the dense lifting, Rose inactive quieted the Chicago assemblage by draining a 3 precocious successful the 3rd play to enactment the Knicks up 81-69.