For the second time this season, the Knicks and Bulls played a fun, uptempo game. Neither team is good but they match up well against one another.
The key for the Knicks, as usual in their wins, was that they took care of the ball, and for the most part shot well.
The Knicks only had 11 turnovers. That’s a good number: San Antonio leads the league with 11.5 per game. This compares with the Bulls’ 17 turnovers.
The Knicks also moved the ball well, with assists on half of their makes (18:36).
As for shooting, the Knicks finished at 43%, but factored into this was an aberrational shooting performance by David Lee, who shot 3/14. Excluding Lee, the Knicks shot 48%, a great number.
Great D again from Jeffries, who drew a few charges, blocked 2 shots, and only messed up on offense a handful of times, throwing the ball away and laying a brick or two.
Q-Rich is hot. Hopefully he can continue hitting those threes but I wouldn’t bet the farm.
Nate is warming up, though still a knucklehead, with some out of control drives and a blown dunk on an almost spectacular putback.
Chandler was quiet but had a couple of nice aggressive drives and a couple of true jumpers. He played some solid D on Rose too, staying with him for the most part and blocking a shot. He only got 19 minutes, but made the most of them.
Duhon had a nice aggressive game on offense, taking it to the rack with abandon and also shooting well. He was under control and took care of the ball.
Gallinari looked great again. He had a pretty ugly miss and was turned around on D a couple of times but the D wasn’t too bad because he’s a smart player and knows where he is supposed to be. His reaction speed will improve and his D will get better, but he’s already showing signs on the defensive end, with another block tonight, which he followed with a great, quick outlet to Nate for a fastbreak layup. This on top of a spectacular fast break dunk that got his teammates and the crowd juiced.
Big things ahead for Dino.