New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose star in big win vs. Bulls (Highlights)
Jan 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass being defended by Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser (16) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks got a big win Thursday against the short-handed Bulls behind the performances of Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.

  • New York Knicks 104 (18-22)
  • Chicago Bulls 89 (19-21)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

The New York Knicks needed a win on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls. With Yankees closer Mariano Rivera watching from the stands, one of the greatest winners in the history of sports, and Jimmy Butler out with the flu it seemed like a sure thing. But so did Wednesday night in Philadelphia when they blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes.

Even without Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles) the Knicks prevailed, 104-89, against the short-handed Bulls behind impressive performances from Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.

Anthony scored 23 points on 10-19 from the field, grabbed 9 rebounds and led the team with 6 assists.

Rose led the offense with his attacks on the rim, scoring 17 points on 7-15 shooting.

Key Stat

The Bulls shot the ball below 40 percent from the field and made only 3 of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc. With Butler still on the mend, New York took full advantage.

Key Player

Mindaugas Kuzminskas had career-highs in minutes (30) and points (19) in his best game as a Knick. He shot the ball 8-15 and 2-4 from downtown off the bench.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.