DeMar DeRozan scored the final two of his 25 factors with 0.4 seconds remaining to offer the Chicago Bulls their third straight win and hand the host New York Knicks their second consecutive loss, 118-117 on Friday.
DeRozan’s game-winning jumper over Quentin Grimes, who fouled DeRozan whereas contesting the shot, got here when 89.1 p.c free-throw shooter Jalen Brunson missed a pair of foul pictures on the opposite finish. Brunson may have given the Knicks a three-point lead with 6.1 seconds remaining.
DEMAR DEROZAN PUTS THE BULLS UP 1 WITH .4 REMAINING 🤯
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— NBA (@NBA) December 24, 2022
As an alternative, the 2 unlikely misses for Brunson concluded a dismal 15-of-26 evening for New York on the free-throw line and gave the Bulls renewed life.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine contributed down the stretch, scoring the ultimate two of his team-high 33 factors on a layup to chop the deficit to at least one level with 7.1 seconds remaining.
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— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 24, 2022
New York pulled forward by three factors on the previous possession when RJ Barrett attacked LaVine off the dribble and hit a well-contested leap shot beneath heavy duress.
The basket capped Barrett’s season-high, 44-point efficiency.
New York additionally obtained 29 factors and 12 rebounds from Julius Randle. Past the tandem of Barrett and Randle, nonetheless, the Knicks struggled to seek out constant offense.
Brunson completed with 12 factors and 9 assists, however shot simply 5 of 15 from the ground and completed 1 of 4 on the foul line. Immanuel Quickley got here off the bench to attain 15 factors on 6-of-10 taking pictures from the sector.
Chicago countered with the trio of LaVine, DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, with the latter producing 21 factors and 12 rebounds. DeRozan additionally notched a season-high 10 assists.
The Bulls have their first successful streak of three video games this season. On 4 earlier events they received two in a row.
The Knicks have dropped two straight following an eight-game winnings streak.
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