They’ll go for their first road win at Chicago in two years when the Knicks play the Bulls at United Center.
The Bulls have won seven of their last 10 games against the Knicks and have not lost at home to them since a 101-96 defeat Jan. 17, 2004.
Chicago, though, has lost three straight games, including a 97-94 home defeat Monday to Denver in which the Bulls squandered an 18-point first-half lead and attempted only 12 free throws to Denver’s 41.
“I go into every game knowing I’m not going to get any calls and just play through it,” said Kirk Hinrich, who led the Bulls with 20 points.
After averaging 109.7 points in a three-game winning streak, the Bulls have averaged only 88.7 points in their current losing streak.
The Knicks have lost consecutive games since a season-best six-game winning streak to start 2006 in encouraging fashion. After a blowout loss Sunday at Toronto, the Knicks lost 96-90 Monday at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
New York nearly erased a 19-point deficit and pulled within two in the final minute, but a 3-pointer by Trenton Hassell ended any hopes of a Knicks comeback.
“We had a hard time stopping them,” Knicks coach Larry Brown said. “Their zone (defense) bothered us.”
Stephon Marbury scored a team-high 20 points for the Knicks before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter with an arm injury sustained while trying to fight through a pick.
“It was a dirty pick,” Marbury said. “I knew I was hurt when I went back in and couldn’t get my arms up without any pain.”
X-rays revealed no fracture and Marbury’s status has yet to be disclosed. Marbury has played 280 straight games—the fifth longest active streak in the NBA.
This also will be the first time Eddy Curry faces the Bulls since they traded him to the Knicks in the offseason. Curry, who had health issues related to his heart, did not play in the first meeting between the teams due to a strained left calf.