Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

No Knicks' Comeback This Time

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

No Knicks' Comeback This Time

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CHICAGO -- There would be no stunning comeback this time, no wild, heroic run down the stretch. Instead, the Knicks were left to face reality and a dwindling schedule.

The Knicks could not come back against the Bulls again two days after a thrilling win at home, falling 98-86. More important, the Knicks saw themselves lose ground in the playoff race.

Boston beat Miami to move four games ahead of the Knicks in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia won to push one game ahead of the Knicks. And even the idle Milwaukee Bucks picked up a half-game, making the Knicks' lead over them for the eighth and final playoff spot just one game -- and the two will face off tonight with the Knicks desperately needing a victory.

If the Bucks beat them tonight it not only would pull them even, but would give them the season tiebreaker by virtue of the season series.

The Knicks found themselves, like Sunday, trailing in the fourth quarter. But unlike that game when the Knicks managed to make up a 10-point deficit in the final 3:45, this time there would be no comeback. Trailing by 11 after an Iman Shumpert three-point field goal with 4:53 to play, the Knicks saw Chicago -- playing without Derrick Rose -- push the lead back to 15.

Carmelo Anthony managed another big night, leading all scorers with 29 points. But he couldn't get enough help and, most important, the Knicks couldn't stop the Bulls. Richard Hamilton poured in 18 points in the third quarter alone, finishing with 20. Kyle Korver added 14 off the bench -- 11 in the fourth.

The importance of tonight's game was on display as the Knicks, down by 10 with 1:16 remaining, emptied the bench -- pulling Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Shumpert.

Sunday against the Bulls the Knicks jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 27-6 before the game turned into a back-and-forth affair ending on Anthony's three-point field goal in overtime. …

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