Bulls stop Knicks streak at 13 with 118-111 OT win
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) reaches for the ball as Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
CHICAGO – Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls stopped another lengthy winning streak, rallying to beat New York, 118-111, in overtime last night and end the Knicks’ 13-game run.
Robinson came up big down the stretch, scoring eight points in the extra period.
Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Luol Deng scored 16, and the Bulls busted a long streak for the second time in about a two-week span, ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game run – the second-longest in NBA history – on March 27.
They put the Knicks’ longest streak in nearly two decades to rest with a huge surge in the second half, offsetting Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points.
Robinson started overtime with a three-point play to give Chicago a 108-105 lead, and after Anthony scored, the Bulls started to pull away.
Deng nailed a 3-pointer, and Robinson hit a free throw after J.R. Smith got called for a technical foul with 2:09 remaining for arguing a non-call against Deng on a missed drive. The Bulls guard then drove for a layup to make it 114-107, and Chicago hung on from there.