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Knicks 104, Bulls 103: Scenes from the Knicks being the most back...barely

RJ’s defense saves the day.

New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The New York Knicks are a good basketball team that will probably give me a heart attack before the end of December.

For the second time in five games, the Knicks let a surefire victory slip away in the final minutes, only to miraculously pull the win out of their own asses. This time New York was up 13 with 2:13 minutes left. But the Knicks did what they usually do when up big late — namely, stop running offense while one guy (usually Julius Randle) stands around with the basketball firmly squeezed between his butt cheeks. To top that off, they also fouled various Bulls on like five consecutive possessions.

By the time the smoke cleared, Chicago had pulled to within one, and Randle needed to make a pair of free throws to at least make it difficult. He missed them both. Chicago had the ball and a chance to win it with a bucket.

Enter RJ Barrett. The kid had his best offensive game of the young season with 20 points on 8-15 shooting. But he has been making his hay on the defensive end thus far. And when his team needed him the most, he locked up DeMar DeRozan, forcing an airball, to seal a Knicks win.

All in all, the Knicks looked like the better team for 46 minutes, then crapped all over themselves for the final two. But a win is a win. Recap to come.