(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony came out firing for the Knicks (29-27) on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. Anthony scored 43 and beat the Bulls with 8.3 seconds left in overtime with a go-ahead three-pointer to make it 100-99.
Chicago (43-14) would have had a last second chance, but could not answer Anthony’s big three pointer.
“This was a playoff game. We have a chance, we might play these guys in the playoffs if we keep doing what we’re doing and get that seed, so this was a big statement game for us and we willed this one tonight,” Anthony said.
Anthony hit a three pointer to put the game into overtime as well. Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls lineup after missing 12 games with a strained groin and put in 29 points in the loss.
“It’s tough. It was definitely tough,” Rose said. “When you lose a game, especially for us, it’s tough. It’s going to hurt us no matter who we lose to, but that team played great, man. They were knocking down shots. Didn’t give up when we went up that big lead. They kept fighting.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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