Halftime: Knicks 53, Bulls 45

Here are a few thoughts from the first half of Sunday's Knicks-Bulls game:

The return of Derrick Rose certainly didn't do much to energize the Bulls.

Rose showed plenty of rust early on, scoring two points and turning it over three times as Chicago fell behind, 31-19 after the first quarter.

The Bulls shot just 36 percent in the first half and Rose finished the half with five turnovers and seven points on 1-for-6 shooting. Overall, Chicago had just five assists on 15 makes.

Iman Shumpert spent some time on Rose, helping to slow the former MVP.

MELO FELLOW: Carmelo Anthony's hot streak continued in the first half. He scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point land.

With Jeremy Lin (knee) and Amare Stoudemire (back) out, the Knicks have relied heavily on Anthony to provide offense. And he's responded. In the past four games prior to today, Anthony he'd scored 28.3 points per game on 48.2 percent shooting. On the season, Anthony is averaging 20.3 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting.

BOARD SCORES: Possibly more important than the Knicks handling of Rose has been the job they've done on the boards. Chicago out rebounded New York, 56-38, in a 104-99 win on March 12. Taj Gibson pulled down 13 as Chicago enjoyed a 22-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

It's been a slightly different story so far on Sunday, with the Knicks being out rebounded, 29-21, but holding their own on the offensive glass and largely limiting Chicago's second-chance points.

CHANDLER INJURY: Tyson Chandler suffered a right elbow contusion, according to the Knicks. He has since returned to the floor, though his elbow was heavily iced while he sat on the bench. Chandler is playing through pain associated with groin and wrist injuries, so this is something that certainly bears watching in the second half.