Bulls' own unicorn gets best of Kristaps Porzingis and Knicks

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The New York Knicks (19-21) clash with the Chicago Bulls (14-27) at Madison Square Garden. Wednesday's game against the Bulls was competitive and fun to watch.

"'We had opportunities. We didn't get stops at crucial times", NY coach Jeff Hornacek said. I don't say nothing to anybody else or ask of anybody else what I'm not asking of myself. The Bulls let him screen in the pick-and-roll. I've got to go out there and do more, whatever it is... Jack inbounded the ball to himself off Dunn's back to score a tying basket. With a chance to tie, Porzingis shot an air-ball over Dunn.

Jarrett Jack pulled off a few of the highlight plays of the night in his first triple-double in almost six years, inbounding the ball to himself off the back of an unsuspecting defender for a game-tying basket late in the first overtime and then whipping a feed to Kristaps Porzingis for a buzzer-beating dunk less than a minute later.

Not only will the Bulls be without LaVine, who was acquired during the offseason in the trade that landed Minnesota former Chicago star Jimmy Butler, but they might be without the services of fourth-year power forward Nikola Mirotic, whom head coach Fred Hoiberg said was battling a stomach virus. But they continue to have trouble against the Bulls.

Jarrett Jack had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Knicks, but threw away a pass after coming up with a steal with the Knicks down two late in the second OT.

It is important to note that this isn't just on the coach.

"We went out to some restaurant and they had me eat some octopus, like an actual octopus tentacle", Smith Jr. told Bondy.

The late free-throws may have iced the game, but it's clear what was the highlight of the night for Markkanen. If defenses switch, Porzingis is also too willing to catch it 15 feet away in a post-up mismatch, rather than dive to the basket to get an easier shot.

But, nobody deserves it more than the player of the game. But he was scoreless in the overtime periods. Beasley missed twice on the ensuing possession. Hornacek stayed with the lineup anyway despite the other issues it causes.

The 34-year-old Jack, who has started the last 38 of the Knicks ' first 41 games, became the oldest Knicks player to record a triple-double since Mark Jackson (36) in 2002. Kristaps Porzingis was the top scorer from either team with 29 points on 9-for-25 shooting. The Knicks do not shoot enough 3s. Bryan doesn't hold any punches when discussing the Knickerbockers, and with strong ties to the MI basketball program, he was the ideal person to talk to about a potential Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith, who struggled with his shot, going 5-14 for 11 points, was gracious in his appraisal of Ntilikina but downplayed the comparisons after the two engaged in a demonstrably friendly exchange on the court after the game.

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