Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/11/13
NEW YORK -- Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics might have gotten under New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's skin this week, but the Chicago Bulls should be getting on all of the Knicks' nerves by now. Luol Deng scored 33 points and Carlos Boozer added 17 as the Bulls moved to 3-0 over the Knicks this season with a 108-101 win at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The Bulls spoiled the comeback for Anthony, who scored 39 in his return from a one-game suspension. J.R. Smith added 13 points and James White, who started for struggling guard Ronnie Brewer, had 11 for New York. Kirk Hinrich scored six points in 38 minutes for the Bulls after returning to the lineup following a one-game absence because of an elbow injury. The Bulls won for the fourth time in their past five games and topped the Knicks for the seventh time in their last eight meetings. New York lost its third consecutive game, including two at home. Chicago (20-14) dominated for most of the game, as the Knicks (23-13) again struggled early. Anthony got off to a slow start after serving his suspension Thursday for pursuing Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett all the way to the team bus after the Knicks' loss Monday. He missed his first six shots from the floor and was 1 of 8 from the field in the first quarter as he got back on the court and away from the buzz the fracas had created. Chicago emerged from the first quarter with a nine-point lead, went up 21 by halftime and 22 entering the fourth. But the Knicks got the lead down to 103-96 with 1:07 left on a 3-pointer by Anthony, capping an 8-0 Knicks' spurt in a 22-second span. The Knicks were still down seven with the ball and under a minute to play, but Bulls guard Marco Belinelli tipped a pass by New York center Tyson Chandler for a Knicks turnover. Belinelli then made 1 of 2 free throws for a 106-98 lead with 17.9 seconds left and the Bulls held on from there. Chicago took an 82-60 lead into the fourth quarter, withstanding a quick spurt from the Knicks in the third quarter, when Anthony scored eight straight points to cut a 24-point lead to 69-53 late in the period. The Bulls reeled off an 8-3 run to push the lead back over 20. The Knicks trailed at the half, 57-36, topping by only two points Thursday's season-low halftime total of 34 in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Deng scored 21 points in the first half on 9-of-12 field-goal shooting. New York was nowhere near as efficient, hitting only 14 of 47 (29.8 percent) from the floor in the first half. NOTES: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (left knee) is getting "closer" to a return and could handle some contact in practice soon, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. ... Knicks forward Marcus Camby will be out 2-4 weeks after an MRI revealed he had plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Camby had just gotten back in the flow, earning several starts after missing most of the season with a similar foot injury, but he re-injured the foot Thursday against the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks also have been without forward Rasheed Wallace (foot) for a prolonged period, leading to reports they might pursue former Nets, Nuggets and Clippers forward and current free agent Kenyon Martin. ... Brewer, benched for White, hadn't scored more than six points in a game in the Knicks' past 15 contests and hadn't scored in double digits since he produced 12 points on Nov. 30.
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