Bulls Blow Past Knicks; Force Game 7 Sunday

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B.J. Armstrong scored 20 points and Horace Grant had 16 points and 12 rebounds Friday night as the Chicago Bulls defeated the New York Knicks 93-79, forcing a seventh and dedicing game in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The game will be Sunday in New York, where the Knicks have won three games in the series by a total of 10 points.

Friday night's loss was the Knicks' ninth playoff defeat in a row at Chicago Stadium, the 65-year-old facility that will close after an ice skating exhibition next month.

Patrick Ewing scored 26 points and snared 14 rebounds for the foul-troubled Knicks, who trailed by 16 points after three quarters but once again staged a fourth-quarter rally. They pulled up to 78-69 with just under eight minutes to go when John Starks hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-2 run.

Bill Cartwright then scored for the three-time defending champion Bulls after grabbing a loose ball and Starks was called for his fifth foul seconds later. Scottie Pippen, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, then tipped in a miss by Cartwright just before the shot clock went off for a 13-point lead.

Starks, who scored 18 points, fouled out with 4 minutes 54 seconds to play, and 41 seconds later, Pippen scored on another follow for an 86-71 lead.

The Bulls finished with a 52-35 rebounding edge and were 25 of 31 on free throws to 17 of 22 for for the Knicks, who were whistled for 30 fouls to 17 on Chicago. …