Ok. Got my breath back. Heart rate back to normal. After coming back from a 10-point deficit with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls in overtime, 100-91. Carmelo Anthony, who hit both the game tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime and the winner, led the Knicks with 43 points on 16-for-31 shooting. Derrick Rose led the bulls with 29 points.
Well, they weren’t going to win all of them. The Knicks suffered their first loss of the Mike Woodson era, an ugly 96-79 contest to the Raptors at Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 30 points, while the Knicks were led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 17 points. The Knicks missed out on an opportunity to gain a game on either the Celtics and 76ers, as the two teams played each other. Meanwhile, the Bucks handled the Bobcats and are now just a half game behind New York for eight in the Eastern Conference.
A week that was seen as a barometer for the Knicks has finally come to an end with the team losing all four games. The latest loss was a 119-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, who now sit just two games behind the Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire led New York with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Compton native Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.