The Knicks came into the United Center and were all set to blow another game with a stagnant fourth-quarter performance. Instead, they played the final frame like a team possessed, finishing off the Bulls with a barrage of Derrick Rose assists, Joakim Noah grit, Carmelo Anthony catch-and-shoot threes, and Kristaps Porzingis unicorniness. Also, Courtney Lee was awesome. Super Team 117, Chicago 104.
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah got a highlight video package on their return to Chicago. They also hooked up for a vintage 2011 pick-and-roll finish:
The Knicks wan out to a 16-point lead in the first half, only to blow it when the second unit came in. Still, the half ended on a high note, as Porzingis hit Rose with a lengthy heave, and Rose proceeded to school Jimmy Butler at the rim.
Kristaps with a pin point dish to Derrick Rose, Rondo & Wade run into each other https://t.co/mf2ysrkRBH— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) November 5, 2016
Carmelo Anthony got somewhat feverish in the third quarter:
He also slam-dunked a basketball!
Kristaps did this, which made me tear up.
Recap to come. That was fun.