Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli each scored 22 points as the Chicago Bulls defeated New York 93-85 yesterday, ending the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
The Knicks played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who missed a second game with stitches in the middle finger of his left hand. Anthony, who was injured in New York’s win over Charlotte on Dec. 5, is the third leading scorer in the National Basketball Association at 26.4 points per game.
Carlos Boozer added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their third straight game.
Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 28 points, while Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 18 rebounds at Chicago’s United Center. Felton hit 9-of-30 shots from the field, surpassing his career-high in attempts by six shots.
Anthony, who warmed up before the game only to be kept out of the lineup, said he expects to play today in Denver.
Elsewhere in the NBA yesterday, it was the Los Angeles Clippers 117, Phoenix 99; Sacramento 99, Portland 80; Dallas 116, Houston 109; Golden State 101, Washington 97; San Antonio 132, Charlotte 102; Boston 92, Philadelphia 79; Miami 106, New Orleans 90; Detroit 104, Cleveland 97; and Atlanta 92, Memphis 83.
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