Knicks Best Bulls on Christmas Day: Where Do The Teams Go From Here?

December 25th, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls fell to the New York Knicks in their first Christmas game since the days of Michael Jordan. The loss came in spite of the Bulls' Carlos Boozer outplaying the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks' second win over the Bulls this year was primarily a result of their shooting from behind the arc, as they went 12 for 22 from there.

The game was close up until the final three minutes when Boozer dribbled into the circle, and Stoudemire, with one foot clearly inside the circle, drew the "charge." Instead of the Bulls turning a five-point deficit into a two-point deficit, the Knicks got the ball and sank yet another three-point shot. After that, the game was never really within reach again. 

The incident seemed to amplify a growing theme with officiating and the Bulls this season where there have been consistently bad calls against them, or non-calls that they don't get. This isn't to say that there is a "conspiracy" against the Bulls but that the Bulls, a young team with a rookie head coach, haven't learned to play the officials yet the way some of the better head coaches and elite teams in the league have. 

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