In the second game of a back to back for the Bulls, they started out sluggish, down 11 after the first quarter. But good defense, along with subpar shooting from the Knicks allowed Chicago to come away with a 92-87 victory.
The Bulls, now 12-22, are winners of their last two games as well as nine of 11. The Knicks, meanwhile, drop to .500 for the season at 17-17 and out of the number eight spot in the Eastern Conference.
On a night where the Knicks led for most of the game, the Bulls always found a way to answer when the Knicks threatened to blow it open.
Both teams shot miserably, both an identical 41 percent from the field. The Knicks also had a horrid night from beyond the arc shooting at a 17 percent clip. The Bulls finished at 35 percent from three.
Down 52-49 at the half, the Bulls clamped down defensively after the break, only allowing 35 points the rest of the game.
The Bulls scratched and clawed their way back into the game and eventually took their first lead since 11-10 early on, with an emphatic two-handed slam from Lauri Markkanen to put them up 88-86 at just under 40 seconds left.
Down 90-87, the last chance for New York came on a wide open three at the top of the key from forward Enes Kanter, who almost air-balled the shot. The Bulls hit two more free throws and the buzzer sounded.
Bulls: Kris Dunn 17 pts. 5 reb. 5 ast. Justin Holiday 11 pts. 9 reb.
Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis 23 pts. 6 reb. Courtney Lee 17 pts.