Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Saturday, December 8th
Knicks85Final
Bulls93
Game 2: Friday, December 21st
Bulls110Final
Knicks106
Game 3: Friday, January 11th
Bulls108Final
Knicks101
Game 4: Thursday, April 11th
Knicks111Final
OT
Bulls118

Knicks 111

(51-27, 22-17 away)

Bulls 118

(43-35, 23-17 home)

Coverage: TNT

8:00 PM ET, April 11, 2013

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 OT T
NY 30 29 23 23 6111
CHI 23 31 26 25 13118

Top Performers

New York: C. Anthony 36 Pts, 19 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Chicago: N. Robinson 35 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Streak busters: Bulls halt Knicks' streak after snapping Heat's run

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The winning streak is over. Bigger goals remain in play.

All the New York Knicks could do was shrug off this one.

Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls stopped another lengthy winning streak, rallying to beat New York 118-111 in overtime Thursday night and end the Knicks' 13-game run.

"It's over with," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "You can't win them all."

After Carmelo Anthony missed a potential winner at the end of regulation, Robinson took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in overtime to lift the Bulls to another streak-breaking win.

"It would have been nice if Melo knocks down that shot," Woodson said. "We could have walked out of here with a win. It didn't happen."

Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Luol Deng scored 16, and the Bulls busted a long run for the second time in about a two-week span, ending the Miami Heat's 27-game streak -- second-longest in NBA history -- on March 27.

They put the Knicks' longest streak in nearly two decades to rest with a huge surge in the second half, offsetting Anthony's 36 points.

"For us, we're not focused on stopping streaks," Robinson said. "We're just trying to get better as a team going into the playoffs."

Robinson appears to be in gear. He has scored 18 points or more in four straight games, and he put the Bulls over the top against his former team after two ugly losses to Detroit and Toronto.

Robinson started overtime with a three-point play to give Chicago a 108-105 lead, and after Anthony scored, the Bulls started to pull away.

Deng nailed a 3-pointer, and Robinson hit a free throw after J.R. Smith got called for a technical foul with 2:09 remaining for arguing a non-call against Deng on a missed drive. The Bulls guard then drove for a layup to make it 114-107, and Chicago hung on from there.

Chicago trailed by as much as 17 points and was down 79-64 in the third quarter before going on a big run to get back into it.

The Bulls were even up by nine -- 99-90 -- after a 3 by Robinson and layup by Butler with 5:42 remaining, but they did not get another basket in regulation.

The Knicks finally tied it 105-105 with 14.5 seconds left when a driving Anthony got fouled by Butler and hit both free throws.

Deng then missed an off-balance fadeaway bank shot with 1.5 seconds left in regulation. New York's Raymond Felton grabbed the rebound, and after a 20-second timeout, Anthony's long jumper hit the rim to send the game into overtime.

The loss ended the Knicks' longest win streak since a 15-game run from March 1 to April 2, 1994, and left them two games ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the second seed in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining. New York plays the Pacers on Sunday.

"The crazy thing is they're only getting better," Chicago's Carlos Boozer said. "The more talent they put around [Anthony], the better his team is. This year, they went from being kind of a mediocre team in the East the last few years to … top in the East for a very long time."

Anthony, trying to become the first Knicks player since Bernard King in 1984-85 to win a scoring title, was off target. He hit just 13 of 34 shots after averaging 40.6 points in the previous five games.

Smith scored 28 points and Raymond Felton added 19, but the Bulls hung on down the stretch in OT to complete the four-game sweep.

"They can have it," Anthony said. "They can have it. They can have it. They can have the regular-season wins. They did a great job at beating us four times. We're not worrying about them at this point."

The win left fifth-place Chicago a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the East, and they can thank Robinson for that. He beat his previous season high by a point.

Deng finished with 16 points after sitting out the previous two games with a hip injury.

Butler came up big after scoring a career-high 28 in Tuesday's loss to Toronto. He ignited the crowd with back-to-back breakaway dunks in the third that got the turnaround started and helped defend Anthony.

"You want to go up against the best," Butler said. "You don't back down from things like this. You want to accept those challenges. You don't back down from things like that. He's a great player."

Game notes


Woodson had little to say about a report that the Knicks were close to adding free agent F James Singleton. "I can't really discuss that," Woodson said. "As we speak right now, there's really nothing going on with that. The name is dangling, but that's kind of in-house matters right now. I can't really discuss that yet." … Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau again said there's no "drop-dead date" for Derrick Rose to return, adding "Whenever he's ready, he's ready." Rose's recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament has been the biggest story surrounding the Bulls. He was injured in last year's playoff opener against Philadelphia.

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Research Notes

From Elias:
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Carmelo Anthony was 6-17 when guarded by Jimmy Butler, including 2-10 outside 5 feet. Carmelo was 4-10 in the first half against Luol Deng, and Deng didn't guard him at all in the second half.
Carmelo Anthony had 53 touches against the Bulls Thursday, attempting 34 shots and passing the ball 12 times. He passed on only five of his 27 touches after halftime. Carmelo's last assist was at 5:58 of the first quarter.
Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points off the bench Thursday, the most points scored off the bench by a Bulls player in the last five seasons. Ben Gordon scored 37 points as a reserve for the Bulls on Feb 22, 2008 against the Nuggets.
Carmelo Anthony made 6 of his 12 shots from 10-19 feet, but had less success from other distances. He was 7-17 inside 10 feet and 0-5 on shots from 20 feet or longer. During the previous five games, Carmelo was 27-46 (58.7 percent) from 20+ feet.

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