Saturday, January 15, 2005
Bulls 86, Knicks 84
CHICAGO -- Eddy Curry's layup with 2.4 seconds gave Chicago its sixth consecutive victory. The winning streak is Chicago's best since Michael Jordan led the team to 13 consecutive wins late in the 1997-98 championship season. The Bulls, who lost their first nine games this season, have won 12-of-15 overall. Andres Nocioni set up the winning score by blocking Trevor Ariza's jump shot. Tyson Chandler saved the ball from going out of bounds and threw it blindly to Kirk Hinrich, who fed Nocioni as he raced up the floor. Nocioni then passed to Curry, who drove to the basket and put the Bulls ahead. Chandler blocked Nazr Mohammed's shot with time running out to seal it. Curry led the Bulls with 17 points. Hinrich had 15 points and 11 assists, and Ben Gordon scored 16 points -- 14 in the fourth quarter. Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 25 points and 10 assists. Ariza, a rookie, came off the bench to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds in 37 minutes, all career highs.
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