The Chicago Bulls put an end to a second lengthy winning streak in the National Basketball Association in two weeks as they handed the New York Knicks their first defeat in 14 games.
The Bulls, who snapped the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning run on March 27, beat the Knicks 118-111 in overtime last night at United Center in Chicago.
The Knicks (51-27), who on April 9 won the Atlantic Division for the first time since 1993-94, are second in the Eastern Conference, 11 games behind the Heat, who have the best record in the NBA at 62-16.
The Knicks had a 59-54 halftime advantage before the Bulls rallied in the second half to tie the game at 105-105 at the end of the fourth quarter. Chicago outscored New York 13-6 in overtime.
Nate Robinson came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points, including eight in overtime, and Jimmy Butler had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (43-35).
Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 19 rebounds for the Knicks and J.R. Smith added 28 points and 14 rebounds.
The NBA playoffs begin April 20, three days after the regular season ends.
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