by Peter Walsh

Bulls 118 (43-35), Knicks 111 (51-27) F/OT

For the second time in two weeks, Chicago defeated the hottest team in the NBA. First, the Bulls beat the Heat to snap their 27-game win streak and last night, the Bulls held on to beat the Knicks in overtime to end their 13-game win streak. New York raced out to a hot start and opened up a quick 17-point lead but the Bulls came back to cut the deficit to five at the half. New York once again built their lead to double-digits in the third–this time going up by 15–but once again, the Bulls didn’t relent. Down 82-80 at the end of three, Chicago tied the game up after Luol Deng hit the first bucket of the fourth. Over the next six minutes, the Bulls went on a 19-8 run to give them a a 99-90 lead. The Bulls failed to score a basket the rest of regulation, only hitting free throws. New York continued to chip away and tied the score at 105 thanks to two Carmelo Anthony free throws with 14.5 seconds left. The Knicks had a chance to end the game in regulation but Melo’s last second shot drew iron and the teams went to overtime. Nate Robinson opened the fourth with a three-point play and it was over from there. Robinson scored eight points in the extra session to finish with a season-high 35 points and gave the Bulls their final push while the Knicks ran out of gas. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and grabbed 14 boards and Luol Deng scored 15 points and grabbed 8 boards. Melo scored 36 (13-34 shooting) and grabbed 19 boards, J.R. Smith scored 28 points and grabbed 14 boards and Ray Felton scored 19 and dropped 6 dimes.

Just ‘Cuz:

Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy

Ghost has been getting me through the last month of the season and this has been on repeat. His next album, Twelve Reasons To Die, drops April 16th and sounds amazing. Preview / read about it here. Buy it here.

Thunder 116 (58-21), Warriors 97 (45-34)

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, grabbed 10 boards and dropped 8 dimes to to lead the Thunder in a romp over the Warriors. With the win, OKC regained the Western Conference’s best record. The Thunder ended this one in the third quarter behind a 22-5 run that made it a 94-73 game entering the fourth. Andrew Bogut left the game with what is being called an ankle sprain. His status for tonight’s game against the Lakers is unknown. Russ Westbrook finished with 18 points, 9 dimes and 6 turnovers while Kevin Martin scored 23 off the pine. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and 7 assists.