Carmelo Anthony leads third quarter surge as Knicks snap Bulls four-game win streak
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks have not lost to the Bulls this season. AP

CARMELO Anthony took over in the third quarter and the New York Knicks fended off a late-game rally by the Chicago Bulls, 100-91, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) at the Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks started to take control in the second quarter with a 20-5 run, and brought a 54-40 lead at the half. Anthony then scored eight third-quarter points as New York extended the gap, 80-64, into the fourth period.

Nikola Mirotic, though, capped a 9-2 run late in the fourth to bring the Bulls within nine, 95-86, with over two minutes left. But Anthony and the Knicks made just enough free throws to seal the win and snap Chicago’s four-game win streak.

Anthony led the Knicks (30-48) with 23 points, while Courtney Lee added 14. Maurice Ndour made good use of a rare start as he ended up with 13 markers and 12 rebounds.

Jimmy Bulter had a game-high 26 points and Nikola Mirotic added a double-double of 21 markers and 10 rebounds. But the Bulls (38-40) fell to a tie with Indiana at seventh place in the East, just half a game ahead of the Miami Heat in the playoff race.

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