The Chicago Bulls pulled out a 122-119 double overtime victory over the struggling New York Knicks Wednesday evening at the Madison Square Garden.
Leading the way for the Bulls was rookie Lauri Markkanen, as the 20 year old stretch power forward from Vantaa, Finland scored a career high 33 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and passing out an assists for a double-double for the game.
Markkanen so far this season appears to be a piece Chicago can build with going into the future. The Bulls still sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-27 on the year, but are technically only six and a half games out of the eighth seed in the East Playoff hunt.
The Knicks have been struggling in the New Year, as the hosts have only won two of their past 10 games. New York went from battling out for a middle seed in the Eastern Conference to becoming a potential low lottery pick in rapid succession.
Leading the way for the Knicks was Jarrett Jack, as the 34-year old veteran point guard from Fort Washington, Maryland scored 16 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and passing out 10 assists for a triple-double for the game.
Jack continues to be a bright spot for New York this season, but is not someone to build around. The journeyman last pulled off a triple-double back in 2012 as a member of the New Orleans Hornets.
New York is off to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday as the Knicks play eight of their next nine, and 10 of their next 12, away from Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile the Bulls head home to the United Center in Chicago to entertain the Detroit Pistons.
The Houston Rockets are 11/4 to win the NBA Championship, while the Timberwolves are 4999/1 to take the title.
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