Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/31

Game 1: Thursday, October 31st
Game 2: Wednesday, December 11th
Game 3: Sunday, March 2nd
Game 4: Sunday, April 13th

Knicks 90

(21-39, 9-19 away)

Bulls 109

(33-26, 18-10 home)

    Coverage: ABC

    1:00 PM ET, March 2, 2014

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 16 32 20 2290
    CHI 37 22 21 29109

    Top Performers

    NY: T. Chandler 8 Pts, 22 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Chi: J. Noah 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Knicks-Bulls Preview


    With Taj Gibson leading an offense that appears to have found a rhythm, the Chicago Bulls are enjoying their best stretch of the season.

    Even though Carmelo Anthony keeps filling the stat sheet, the New York Knicks can't break free of their downward spiral.

    The Bulls go for their ninth win in 10 games overall and 22nd in 25 home meetings with the reeling Knicks on Sunday.

    Gibson finished with 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to help Chicago win its third straight, 100-91 at Dallas on Friday. Mike Dunleavy hit the go-ahead 3-pointer as the Bulls rallied from a 16-point deficit and outscored the Mavericks 27-15 in the fourth quarter.

    "We're used to this," Gibson said after Chicago (32-26) moved a season-high six games over .500. "We get knocked down and we keep coming back."

    Gibson has keyed the team's current surge, averaging 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last 10 games. The Brooklyn native is coming off a career-best month after scoring 16.9 points per game in February -- a touch better than teammate Jimmy Butler's 13.9.

    Butler, though, has totaled 35 points on 11-of-24 shooting in his last two games after missing two due to a rib contusion.

    Although the Bulls rank near the bottom of the NBA with 93.1 points per game and a 42.8 field-goal percentage, they've averaged 103.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting during their win streak.

    "We are an offensive juggernaut," coach Tom Thibodeau said with a smile.

    Thibodeau's offense got a bit of a boost Saturday with the addition of former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette, who was bought out by Sacramento on Thursday. The sharp-shooting guard is averaging just 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes in his third season, however, Chicago could be a good fit for him, given his ability to stretch the floor.

    The Bulls have shot just 37.2 percent -- including 9 for 37 from beyond the arc -- while splitting two meetings with the Knicks (21-38) this season. New York, though, has given up 116.0 points per game and 45.1 percent shooting from 3-point range during its five-game losing streak.

    The Knicks allowed 73 first-half points and 14 3-pointers overall Friday as they closed out a 2-11 February with a 126-103 home loss to Golden State. The frustration appeared to boil over when Tyson Chandler was thrown out in the fourth quarter after picking up two technical fouls, the first for shoving Warriors backup Marreese Speights.

    "We shouldn't be in this position," Anthony said of being six games out of the final playoff spot. "But we've got games to play."

    Anthony, second in the NBA at 28.2 points per game, finished with 23 and 16 rebounds despite shooting 7 for 26 from the field. He's averaged 36.2 points and made 23 of 50 (46.0 percent) from 3-point range in his last six contests.

    The seven-time All-Star had 30 points and 10 boards Dec. 11 to help New York end a six-game losing streak versus Chicago with an 83-78 home win. He scored 22 on just 8-of-24 shooting in the Bulls' home opener on Oct. 31, when Derrick Rose hit a floater with 5.7 seconds left to give Chicago an 83-82 victory.

    While Iman Shumpert (sprained left knee), Andrea Bargnani (left elbow) and Kenyon Martin (left ankle) continue to miss time, Amare Stoudemire is expected to play after resting his knees in the second of back-to-back contests.

    He'll try to provide a boost for an offense that posted a 37.6 field-goal percentage while the Knicks have dropped their last two by a combined 49 points. That could be difficult against Chicago, which has limited opponents to 88.7 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting during this 8-1 stretch.

    The Bulls have won five straight meetings at the United Center.


    Research Notes

    The Knicks attempted fewer shots in the paint against the Bulls than in any game this season. They were 10-of-19, which also tied the fewest made shots in the paint this season. Of their 79 field goal attempts Sunday, 42 of them were pull-up jumpers with an average shot distance of 18.4 feet from the basket. Overall, the Knicks' average shot distance was 16.5 feet, which is almost 3 feet farther away than their season average.
    Joakim Noah dished out a career-high 14 assists while notching his fifth career triple-double Sunday. Six of his assists were directed at a cutter and five led to a catch-and-shoot.
    The Bulls scored 37 points in the 1st quarter, their most in an opening quarter this season and tied for their most in any quarter.
    Following Sunday's 14-assist game against the Knicks, Joakim Noah now has 4 10-assist games since February 6th... Carmelo Anthony has 5 games with 10+ assists in his career.
    From Elias: Joakim Noah currently leads the Bulls this season in total assists with 269. The Bull with the next-most assists is Kirk Hinrich with 210. According to Elias, the last center to lead his team in total assists for a season was David Robinson in 1993 with 381.
    From Elias: The only Bulls players with more career triple-doubles than Joakim Noah are Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
    From Elias: The Knicks have allowed triple-doubles in consecutive games (Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah). FROM ELIAS: It's the 4th time ever the Knicks have allowed triple-doubles in consecutive games and the first time since 1965-66 when Wilt Chamberlain had a pair of them in back-to-back games.
    In last 4 games, the Knicks are minus 48 combined in the 1st Quarter and have allowed opponents to shoot at least 50 percent in each game.
    The Bulls committed only three turnovers Sunday, the fewest for any team in a game this season.
    Joakim Noah had 13 Pts, 14 Ast, 12 Reb. He is the 2nd player this season to have 12+ in each of those categories. The other was Stephen Curry on December 27 against the Suns (14 Pts, 16 Ast, 13 Reb)
    Joakim Noah is now averaging 4.7 assists per game this season, which would be the most by any center in a season since Brad Miller also averaged 4.7 a game for the Kings in the 2005-06 season.

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