The Chicago Bulls faced the New-York Knicks at the garden tonight, in what was a heated and very tense match-up to say the least. Nine technicals were drawn and four ejections also took place, now that’s a ball game. The red hot Knicks (19-7) were looking to become the first team in the league to reach twenty wins. That dream was crushed by the Bulls (15-10). Chicago has now beaten the Knicks twice this season, and it seems like an old rivalry was rekindled tonight.
Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony, and the Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson were all ejected from Friday nights game. The officiating was arguably out of control, the Knicks complained about the refs all night; resulting in Melo and Woodson’s ejections. As for Noah and Chandler these two big guys got tangled up in an altercation after Chandler head butted Noah. Neither team thought the ejections were necessary, this kind of play happens when the refs control the entire game. All excuses aside this game was ugly, yet beautiful for the Bulls, and it looks like an old rivalry has been renewed.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Luol Deng – 29 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist
Deng shot 11-29 from the field, he was 3-5 behind the arc, and 4-5 at the free throw line. Deng left the game briefly with a bothered right shoulder, tomorrow he will undergo an evaluation, no further word has been mentioned on his status against the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: Joakim Noah – 15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists
Noah guarded Tyson Chandler all night, and by guarded I mean: out-played, out-worked, dominated until both centers were ejected after a brief altercation in the paint. Noah held Chandler to just five points, eight boards, and he took one shot all night. Noah defensively shut Tyson Chandler down, which is not exactly the easiest task at hand. Kudos to Noah on yet another double double this season/
OVERALL GAME BALL: Marco Belinelli – 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
Belinelli has given the Bulls a serious spark coming off the bench, making his transition to starting shooting guard. The Bulls have won the last 4 out of 5 games in which Marco has scored 20+ points. Coincidence? I think so. Belinelli was very consistent all night shooting 5-12 from the field, 1-3 behind the arc, and 11-12 at the foul line. Marco also forced four turnovers, four points accumulated from Belinelli’s defense. Marco has become a vital piece of the Bulls’ recent success.