Bulls Beat A Pesky Knicks Team, 103-97, Without Rose

Posted by Richard Kagan on Friday, December 19, 2014 with No comments
Derrick Rose was ill and did not play. It didn't seem to matter as Jimmy Butler scored a career high 35 points to lead the Bulls over the visiting New York Knicks, 103-97.

The Knicks played without their leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, who was resting a sore left knee.  The Knicks gave a good showing and were never out of the game until the final minutes.

Taj Gibson did not play for Chicago due to a sore ankle. Aaron Brooks came off the bench and had a solid game, scoring 18 points. And, Nikola Mirotic added 13 points.

Butler had a great night, and his line for the game showed it: 11 of 21, 4 treys, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.  "I don't want to be a star," Butler said. "I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team."

His coach, Tom Thibodeau has said he is playing like an All-Star. After the game Pau Gasol lauded Butler's "aggressiveness."  When Butler saw a shot, he took it.  He has stepped up his game and may well end up an All-Star, and it would be well deserved.

Credit the Knicks for putting up a tough fight without their star, Carmelo Anthony. Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 23 points and Amar'e Stoudamire added 16 points and played well at center.

The Bulls move to 5-5 at home and are 16-9 for the season. New York has a 5-23 record.