The Knicks played without their leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, who was resting a sore left knee. The Knicks gave a good showing and were never out of the game until the final minutes.
Taj Gibson did not play for Chicago due to a sore ankle. Aaron Brooks came off the bench and had a solid game, scoring 18 points. And, Nikola Mirotic added 13 points.
Butler had a great night, and his line for the game showed it: 11 of 21, 4 treys, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. “I don’t want to be a star,” Butler said. “I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team.”
His coach, Tom Thibodeau has said he is playing like an All-Star. After the game Pau Gasol lauded Butler’s “aggressiveness.” When Butler saw a shot, he took it. He has stepped up his game and may well end up an All-Star, and it would be well deserved.
Credit the Knicks for putting up a tough fight without their star, Carmelo Anthony. Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 23 points and Amar’e Stoudamire added 16 points and played well at center.
The Bulls move to 5-5 at home and are 16-9 for the season. New York has a 5-23 record.