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Chicago at New York

Duhon sticks it to Bulls, lifts Knicks to four-point victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Chris Duhon insists he derived no extra motivation facing his former team and the rookie who made him expendable before this season.

The New York Knicks point guard would have played through the back spasms Monday against any opponent -- and would have driven against two defenders for the go-ahead basket just the same, too.

Duhon scored with 31.2 seconds left to help lift New York to a 102-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls in an afternoon Martin Luther King Jr. Day game. He wasn't sure Monday morning if he would play.

"I'm hurting real bad," Duhon said, "but my main thing was us to go get a win, and that's what we came out and did."

After Duhon put the Knicks ahead for good, Derrick Rose missed on a drive. Duhon then hit two free throws with 22.8 seconds remaining to extend the lead to three. It was Rose's arrival as the No. 1 overall draft pick that all but guaranteed Duhon's departure after four seasons in Chicago, and he signed with the Knicks in the offseason.

Neither team is complaining about those moves. Duhon has flourished in coach Mike D'Antoni's offense, averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 assists after scoring 19 Monday.

"Playing his former team, it had to be a real motivation whether he'll tell you that or not," said Knicks forward David Lee, who hurt his ankle in the first half but returned. "He's a warrior."

Rose has justified his draft position, averaging 16.9 points and 6.4 assists. His 20 points Monday were the most for a No. 1 overall pick making his Madison Square Garden debut since LeBron James had 22 in 2004.

Two straight jumpers by Rose gave the Bulls a 97-94 lead with less than three minutes remaining. The Knicks nearly turned the ball over on their next possession, but instead the loose ball squirted to Quentin Richardson. He hit a 3 to tie the score.

Richardson led the Knicks with 24 points.

Kirk Hinrich made one of two free throws with 1:10 to go to give Chicago a 98-97 lead.

The Bulls still had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after Duhon's free throws, but Ben Gordon shot an airball on a 3-point attempt.

Gordon, the Bulls' leading scorer, had just eight points on 3-of-15 shooting.

"This is frustrating," he said. "It seems like a habit, almost. You do everything just to stay in the game, and when the game's on the line, we're just not coming through with the plays we need."

The No. 6 pick in the draft, Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari, posted career highs in points (9), rebounds (4), assists (2) and steals (2). He both thrilled and exasperated fans in his second game after missing 36 with a sore lower back.

Gallinari had a dunk in transition, a 3-pointer and a block of Rose as the Knicks scored nine straight points to take an 87-81 lead early in the fourth quarter.

But later his turnover led to Tyrus Thomas' alley-oop dunk from Rose that pulled Chicago within 91-89.

The Knicks had their biggest lead at 54-41 with just over three minutes left before halftime when the Bulls went on a 12-1 run.

Rose hit two jumpers and fed Luol Deng for a dunk for two of his six points during the spurt. Deng's slam came in transition after Joakim Noah blocked Jared Jeffries' shot. Deng finished with 20 points for Chicago.

Jeffries thought he was fouled, and on the next possession, he drove at Noah again. This time he made the shot and got the foul call with a second left in the half.

But then he yelled at the official and was hit with a technical. Hinrich made that free throw for Chicago, then Jeffries missed his, and the Knicks went into the half with a 57-54 lead.

Notes

  • Oft-injured New York C Jerome James will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles' tendon. An MRI exam on Monday morning revealed the injury, the Knicks said. James, signed to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2005, had played just 10 minutes this season.
  • The Knicks improved to 17-6 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Chris Duhon uses a pick from David Lee to get free of former teammate Kirk Hinrich.  (AP)
Chris Duhon uses a pick from David Lee to get free of former teammate Kirk Hinrich. (AP)

Scoreboard
Chicago (18-24) 2034232198
New York (16-24) «22352124102
CHI:L. Deng 20 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 18 Reb
CHI:D. Rose 8 Ast
NY:Q. Richardson 24 Pts
NY:D. Lee 10 Reb
NY:C. Duhon 3 Ast
Players of the Game
New YorkChicago

Q. Richardson

L. Deng
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
246220102
Chicago
L. Deng, SF409-162-2102120
D. Rose, PG379-202-248220
T. Thomas, PF358-113-3100319
B. Gordon, SG343-150-15438
J. Noah, PF292-63-418047
K. Hinrich, PG295-102-347513
A. Nocioni, SF201-90-03132
D. Gooden, PF131-52-22014
T. Sefolosha, SG52-20-02005
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
L. Hughes, SGDid Not Play
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
C. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
A. Gray, CDid Not Play
Totals 40-9414-1758222298
 42.6%82.4% 
New York
Q. Richardson, SF378-143-462224
D. Lee, PF353-145-6103311
J. Jeffries, PF341-32-34134
C. Duhon, PG347-144-453019
W. Chandler, SF193-50-01206
A. Harrington, PF304-132-342111
N. Robinson, PG204-94-633112
D. Gallinari, SF164-70-04219
T. Thomas, PF142-41-24016
S. Marbury, PGDid Not Play
M. Rose, PFDid Not Play
J. James, PFDid Not Play
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
A. Roberson, SFDid Not Play
Totals 36-8321-28411812102
 43.4%75.0% 
Other Games
Dal 95 Final
Phi 93
Tor 84 Final
Atl 87
Den 113 Final
Hou 115
SA 86 Final
Char 84
Ind 100 Final
NO 103
Min 94 Final
LAC 86
Wash 98 Final
GS 119
Det 87 Final
Mem 79
Pho 87 Final
Bos 104
Mil 85 Final
Port 102
Cle 88 Final
LAL 105