The Knicks lost to the Bulls at home on the second night of a back to back. No Tim Hardaway Jr. meant grinding out a double overtime game with little to no offensive stability.

Tonight’s dramatic and riveting showdown at the Garden saw the New York Knicks (3-8) come up short in double overtime, 116-115. It was an extremely sloppy game on both fronts, highlighted by an inordinate amount of players stepping out of bounds in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Zach LaVine and his career-high 41 points led the Chicago Bulls (3-8) to the promise land, capped off by his game winning free throw with two-tenth of a second remaining in the game. LaVine looks like he is finally budding into a star, adding a jump shot to his offensive arsenal, and the Knicks had no answer all night.

Jabari Parker chipped in 15 for the Bulls and Antonio Blakeney poured in 17 in limited minutes.

Despite the tough loss, there are quite a bit of positives that can be drawn from this game.


Iso Zo

Another night, another exciting performance from Iso Zo. Allonzo Trier was able to shake off a horrible start and bounce back in huge way, pouring in 21 points, as well as making some key defensive plays throughout the game. Trier has also shown us that he has a lot of alpha in him and has no problem being the go to guy on offense, even at the young age of 22. Although he missed some late potential go-ahead shots in the fourth quarter and overtime, you love to see the aggression and fearlessness from Zo.

 

Mudiay Sighting!

Emmanuel Mudiay had an impressive showing tonight with 16 points and six rebounds. Mudiay took it coast to coast in the latter stages of the fourth quarter to keep the Knicks alive and looked comfortable all night. The former lottery pick has been the butt of many jokes recently in Knicks land, so it was good to see him come out and play well. Let’s see if he can build on it.

#WHOLETEAMDOT

Damyean has quietly reached double digits in scoring every game he’s played in this year and looks more and more like a second-round steal from last year’s draft. You love to see Dotson hitting shots and being aggressive offensively, but what has stood out to me is his willingness to take the tough assignment in guarding Zach LaVine. Despite LaVine’s career night, Dotson seemed to have him flustered in the latter stages of the game, forcing some key turnovers and tightly contesting his jumpers.

Super Sixth Man

After recently being relegated to a bench role, Enes Kanter has continued to keep his head up and had one of the best performances off the pine you’ll see (23 points, 24 rebounds, seven assists). Credit Kanter for not pouting and letting his removal from the starting lineup on a contract year affect his play. Props to Enes for leading by example and being a good mentor to the young guns.

Other Knicks notes

  • Kevin Knox returned from his ankle injury to standing ovation at MSG but only played five minutes and scored two points on a fast break dunk off of a steal.
  • Mitchell Robinson and Frank Ntilikina did not score this evening and were benched for a large part of the game, due to their ineffectiveness. It is important  that we see these guys bounce back next game, especially Frank, who just needs to be better offensively than 0-for-6 in 16 minutes.

 

The Knicks head down to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Wednesday in their next contest.