Analysis

Bulls Outlast Knicks in Double OT Battle 122-119

The Chicago Bulls had themselves a nice bounce-back game tonight after losing to the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Out for the second night in a row, Nikola Mirotic did not play due to “sickness.” Personally, I believe they’re not playing Mirotic due to trade talks. Time will tell if this theory will prove to be true. Behind Lauri Markkanen’s career-high 33 points, the Bulls were able to knock off the Knicks in double overtime 122-199

First Half

To start the game, Chicago came out stagnant and couldn’t get much going. When you cant get anything going offensively, the next best option is to get turnovers. That’s exactly what Kris Dunn did to get the Bulls going with three steals in the first six minutes.

On the other side of the ball, The Knicks couldn’t get much going outside Kristaps Porzingis, who had ten points in the first quarter. The Bulls headed into the second quarter up 26-25.

Michael Beasley took over in the second, playing power forward and showing his athleticism. Beasley led the Knicks’ bench and was relentless off the dribble beating Bobby Portis on countless attempts, going off for 15 points in the quarter.

Despite the bulls bench getting outscored 28-9 in the first half, Chicago was only down four 48-52 heading into the halftime.

Second Half

Markkanen looked like he had something to prove to Porzingis tonight, coming out of the half just as hot as he was in the first. After having a slow second quarter, Lauri came back to life in the third going off for another 11 points. Ex-Bulls forward Doug McDermott hit back to back late three’s to extend Knicks’ lead.

Tonight was definitely a flash in the past, showing us the good and bad of Doug McDermott. For once we were on the other side of this time, with David Nwaba and the bulls constantly taking advantage of his inability to guard on defense. Chicago got hot behind their bench to go on a 13-2 run.

After an excellent block by Nwaba, Dunn couldn’t make a buzzer beater. The game headed into overtime tied at 105-105.

Lauri Markkanen and Kristaps Porzingis went back-to-back on three’s to start overtime, showing the NBA who the next “Big” superstars are. After the fun start to OT, both teams looked gassed and it showed with stale basketball on both ends of the court by both teams.

Then all of a sudden, both teams gained a rejuvibated burst of energy. An unbelievable set of hustle plays that resembled volleyball more than basketball was the story of the first overtime. It looked like the Bulls were going to pull away until Porzingis tied the game on a dunk that just beat the buzzer.

To start the second overtime, Robin Lopez took over, getting two easy buckets down low. Both teams looked gassed, causing the game to get quite chippie.

Kris Dunn made a great floater inside the paint to give the Bulls a two-point lead with 58 seconds left. Bad turnovers by both teams led the bulls to get the ball up two with 18 seconds left. The Bulls would hold onto the lead after hitting free throws. It was one of the best wins of the season.

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