Bulls Beat A Pesky Knicks Team, 103-97, Without Rose

Derrick Rose was ill and did not play. It didn’t seem to matter as Jimmy Butler scored a career high 35 points to lead the Bulls over the visiting New York Knicks, 103-97.

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.

Richard Kagan

Contributing writer at Hardwood Nation. Contributing writer at Boomer-Living Plus.

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