Elf had 10 assists in this game, yet he had one of the shittiest second-half performances I can remember from a Knicks point guard, which is really saying something. He basically froze out teammate RJ Barrett, who led the Knicks in the first half with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. P&T’s own Bootum remarked that he was more willing to pass to the opposing team than to RJ. And when Elf did turn the ball over, you bet your ass he did not bother getting back on defense.
Mike Miller removed Elf from the game immediately after for Frank Ntilikina, who paired up with Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox to help stretch the lead out a bit.
Knox had his finest game of the season, with 12 points (7 in the fourth!) to go along with 6 rebounds. He looked like an extremely useful NBA basketball in the second half, which was awesome to see after such a rough season.
As for Mitch, he scored a career-high 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds 2 blocks and 2 assists. He throw a couple of sweet passes, believe it or not.
Knicks 125, Bulls 115— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) March 1, 2020
Knicks break up 6-game losing streak. Now 18-42 this season — tied for NBA's 4th-worst record.
Mitchell Robinson with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. RJ Barrett with 19 points. Kevin Knox: 12 & 6 reb. Julius Randle: 22 & 10. https://t.co/yUbTsZkz5M pic.twitter.com/izT2lI1IQL
RJ finished with 19 points, including this magnificent step-back to end the first half.
All in all, a fun time, Payton aside. Recap to come.