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Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

Bulls outplay Knicks in ultraphysical clash


NEW YORK — Bottled up by the Bulls and baffled by the officials, Carmelo Anthony expected to spend the final minutes of the Knicks' loss alone in the locker room.

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Shoulder to shoulder: Chicago's Luol Deng (left) and New York's Jason Kidd chase a loose ball during the first half of the Bulls' 110-106 win on Friday. AP

Turns out the early exodus of Knicks was just beginning.

Coach Mike Woodson and center Tyson Chandler were also ejected from the foul-filled game, and Chicago beat New York for the second time this season, 110-106 on Friday night.

Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after Woodson had been ejected following his second technical. He drew a loud ovation during his walk to the back from Knicks fans who angrily booed the officiating for much of the second half.

"I was actually in here, and then I just heard the crowd screaming and yelling, and I walked to the hallway, and Woody was walking back. Then I was actually in the shower, came back and Tyson was sitting right next to me," Anthony said. "So once I saw that, that's how the night was going."

Luol Deng had season highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls despite briefly leaving the game with an injured left shoulder. Marco Belinelli added 22 points as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games.

Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games. The Knicks lost for the second time in three home games after winning their first 10.

Noah finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in completely outplaying Chandler, who took only one shot and was limited to five points and eight boards.

Chandler insisted he and Noah didn't fight and shouldn't have been ejected from the game that featured nine technicals.

"It was just an ugly game in general and then things contributed from there," Chandler said.

Kirk Hinrich had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, which was totally shutting New York down until allowing 45 mostly meaningless points in the fourth quarter after the Bulls had led by 25 in the third.

The Knicks had much bigger problems than the officiating.

They missed 10 of their first 11 shots as Chicago raced to a 14-2 lead. The advantage grew to 30-17 when Deng made a 3-pointer, and Belinelli followed with a free throw after Anthony was called for a technical foul after arguing a no-call on the other end. New York got it down to 30-23 when J.R. Smith made a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

The Knicks cut it to 42-37 midway through the second quarter before their offense stalled again. Chicago scored 12 straight points, taking its biggest lead at 54-37 on a free throw by Carlos Boozer with 10.9 seconds remaining, before Anthony stopped the Knicks' 5-minute scoreless drought with a driving layup with 3.2 seconds to go.

Smith had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.

76ers 99, Hawks 80

In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 boards, and Evan Turner scored 21 points in a win over Atlanta.

Bucks 99, Celtics 94 (OT)

In Boston, Monta Ellis scored five of his 27 points in overtime, and Milwaukee beat the hosts after blowing a seven-point lead late in regulation.

The Bucks won for the sixth time in eight games, taking three of four against the Celtics, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped despite 35 points by Paul Pierce, who sent the game to OT by hitting a 3 with 2.5 seconds left.

Pacers 99, Cavaliers 89

In Cleveland, Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 16 to lead Indiana past the Cavaliers.

Pistons 100, Wizards 68

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds, rookie Andre Drummond added a double-double, and the Pistons ended a six-game losing streak.

Grizzlies 92, Mavericks 82

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Zach Randolph had 17 points and 13 rebounds to help the hosts win their fourth straight, topping visiting Dallas.

Mike Conley had 11 assists to become the Grizzlies' franchise leader with 2,079. He surpassed Jason Williams — who had 2,069 — with 7:54 left in the first quarter on an alley-oop pass to Gay.

Raptors 93, Magic 90

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, floor leader Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists, and the Raptors won their fifth straight game.

Spurs 99, Hornets 94

In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and Tim Duncan had 15 points and 10 boards for the Spurs.

Clippers 97, Kings 85

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Clippers break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory.

Warriors 115, Bobcats 100

In Oakland, David Lee had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Stephen Curry set a career high with eight 3-pointers and Golden State extended Charlotte's losing streak to 14 games.

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