This will be the final of four meetings between these two teams, with New York looking to snap a four-game losing skid against Chicago. The Knicks are also looking to avoid its first season sweep by the Bulls since the 2003-04 season.
Carmelo Anthony lead the way with 34.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assist in the first two meetings this season against the Bulls. Raymond Felton added 24.0 points and 5.5 assists, while Tyson Chandler recorded 9.3 points and 14.7 boards in two meetings.
New York extended their winning streak to 13 games, with a 120-99 victory against the Washington Wizards on 4/9. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 36 points and eight rebounds in over 31 minutes. Anthony ties Bernard King with his fifth straight 35-point performance.
Knicks keep rolling:
The 13-game winning streak for the Knicks is the longest of the season, and the longest since the 1993-94 season when they went for 15-wins in a row. The 13-game winning streak is the third longest in franchise history.
New York won their sixth Atlantic Division title in franchise history and the first once since the ’93-’94 season. The Knicks have won 51-games in a season for the first time since the ’96-’97 season.
JR Smith posted 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting in over 32 minutes in the April 9th game versus Washington. Smith is the first in the NBA in scoring among players in coming off the bench at 17.8 ppg (min 10-games). New York is 21-3 when Smith shoots .500 or better from the field in a game this season.
This Date in Knicks History:
1972: Knicks advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Baltimore 106-82 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Garden.
1995: Knicks record their 50th win of the season with a 112-99 decision over Miami at the Garden. It marked the Knicks fourth consecutive season with 40-plus wins.
1999: Larry Johnson scores 22 points, Marcus Camby added 19 points and Patrick Ewing records 15 points, 15 boards and six blocks to lead New York to a 93-78 win in New Jersey on national television. The win marked the Knicks first season sweep of the Nets since 1990-91.
The Knicks and Bulls game is set to air on the MSG and TNT network, with tip-off slated for 8:00 p.m.