DeMar DeRozan’s jumper gives Bulls 118-117 victory over Knicks

Chicago Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan, second from left, passes the ball over New York Knicks defenders during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in New York.
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NEW YORK (AP) — DeMar DeRozan’s jumper with less than a second to play gave the Chicago Bulls a 118-117 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

DeRozan finished with 25 points in Chicago’s third straight victory. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 33 points and Nikola Vucevic added 25.

RJ Barrett led the Knicks with a season-high 44 points. Julius Randle finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

The Bulls’ comeback from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter was aided by poor foul shooting by the Knicks, who finished 15 for 26 from the line, including four misses in the final 1:06.

Barrett’s bucket with 29 seconds left put New York ahead by three before LaVine hit a driving layup with seven seconds left.

Jalen Brunson missed two free throws with six seconds to go, leaving the door open for DeRozan to hit the winning bucket.

Grimes’ layup with 1:26 remaining in the third quarter had extended the Knicks’ biggest lead to 91-83. Chicago had its biggest lead, 29-22, at the end of the first quarter.

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Immanuel Quickley added 15 points and Brunson finished with 12 points and nine assists for the Knicks.

It was the Knicks’ second straight loss after eight consecutive wins.


Bulls: Only seven Bulls have started a game this season. Six have started at least 14 times, with Javonte Green (out with a sore right knee) only getting one.

Knicks: Grimes had started 15 consecutive games before missing Wednesday’s game with Toronto due to a sprained right ankle. … Tom Thibodeau initiated a successful coaches’ challenge in the third quarter, his fourth overturn in five attempts this season.


Bulls: Chicago hosts Houston on Monday.

Knicks: New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas Day.

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