Knicks takeaways from Thursday's 119-115 loss to Bulls, including early turnover issues

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Julius Randle defended closely by the Bulls
Julius Randle defended closely by the Bulls

The Knicks fell to the Chicago Bulls 119-115 at The Garden on Thursday night, falling to 1-2 against them this season.

Here are some key takeaways ...

- With RJ Barrett out with an illness, Immanuel Quickley got his first start of the season and the fourth of his career, pairing up with Alec Burks in the backcourt.

Nikola Vucevic scored the first five points of the night for Chicago, as Mitchell Robinson struggled to get out and defend the sharp-shooting big man. Robinson got off to a rough start with a turnover and foul as well, and he was sent to the bench in the first five minutes. Julius Randle, coming off a game in which he criticized the officials for non-calls against him, scored the first four points of the night for New York.

With Chicago holding an early lead, Taj Gibson picked up a couple of early fouls, and he was irate with the second call. He picked up a double technical and was thrown out of the game, which was not great for the Knicks considering they came in without Nerlens Noel (sore right knee). Vucevic (13 points) and Zach LaVine (11 points) led the Bulls to a commanding 37-19 lead after one.

- The Knicks continued to play sloppy basketball to start the second, turning the ball over for the 10th time in the first 14 minutes as Chicago maintained an 18-point lead. The got off to a strong shooting start, but turnovers and poor defense allowed Chicago to hold the lead. Derrick Rose and Obi Toppin provided a decent spark off the bench to cut the lead to 14, but Chicago quickly ballooned that back to 20 points with just under four minutes to go.

The Bulls out-hustled the Knicks left and right, taking a 69-51 lead into the break. Randle led the way for New York with 15 points, but no other Knick finished the half in double figures. They also had 12 turnovers in the half.

- The Knicks started off strong in the third, as a Quickley three cut the lead to 14 points. Not long after, an Evan Fournier three cut the lead to single digits as the Knicks went on a 12-2 run. Fournier and Quickley continued to connect from deep as the momentum swung back into the Knicks's favor, with Quickley drilling a three to cut the lead to three halfway through the quarter.

New York got as close as one point in the third, but Chicago took an 89-83 lead into the fourth. The Knicks outscored Chicago 32-20 in the third.

- In the fourth, the Knicks climbed back again, as a Robinson three-point play cut the lead to 92-90 in the early minutes. DeRozan did his best to keep Chicago ahead, but a Burks three-pointer with 8:11 left tied the game for the first time since the opening tip.

With less than five minutes to go, a Randle jumped gave New York their first lead of the game at 106-105. Both teams continued to trade big buckets, and a Randle free throw tied things at 111-all with a minute and a half to go. But he then committed a costly turnover that led to two LaVine free throws to put the Bulls up two with 53 seconds left. A DeRozan layup then made it a four-point game with 20 seconds left, and the Bulls held on for the win.

- Randle led the Knicks with 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Fournier, Burks and Rose all had 16 points. DeRozan had 34 points while LaVine and Vucevic each had 27. The Knicks finished with 18 turnovers as a team.

Highlights

What’s next?

The Knicks stay home as the take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.