Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls
avenged Sunday's overtime loss to the Knicks in impressive fashion.
And they did so with reigning MVP Derrick Rose back on the bench.
Richard Hamilton stepped up with 20 points and Luol Deng added 19 points and
10 rebounds in Tuesday's 98-86 win over New York despite Rose resting the
ankle he injured in the opener of this home-and-home set.
Carmelo Anthony, who erupted for 43 points in Sunday's potential playoff
preview, netted 29 in the setback, New York's fourth in 15 games under interim
head coach Mike Woodson.
The loss dropped the Knicks into eighth place in the East's playoff race, just
one game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks with nine to play.
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