Rapid Reaction: Bulls 93, Knicks 85

WHAT IT MEANS: Life without Carmelo Anthony was tough on the Knicks on Saturday night.

New York (14-5) lost a close battle with the Bulls in part because a lack of offense.

Chicago's top-rated defense held the Knicks to 32 percent shooting in a 93-85 loss.

Anthony sat out for the second straight game with a laceration on his left finger.

On Thursday, the Knicks didn't miss a beat in 20-point win over the Heat. But the ball didn't move as easily against the Bulls.

The loss snapped the Knicks' five-game winning streak.

OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES: With Anthony out against Miami, the Knicks got open look after open look thanks to great guard penetration and an effective pick and roll.

That wasn't the case on Saturday.

The Bulls defense, Joakim Noah in particular, did a fantastic job defending the pick and roll and Chicago's perimeter defense limited the Knicks opportunities from beyond the arc.

New York entered play on Saturday averaging an NBA-high 12.1 made 3-point attempts per game.

They took 23 against Chicago and made just eight.

It was quite a departure from the past two games, when New York took a total of 85 threes and made 31.

NOT RAY'S DAY: Knicks point guard Raymond Felton had a night he'd probably rather forget against the Bulls. Felton had 27 points, but needed 29 shots to get there. He finished 10-for-30 from the floor.

Felton seemed to be bothered by the bone bruise in his left hand he's been playing through.

In his previous three games, Felton was averaging 22.3 points and 7.7 assists while hitting 11 of 24 from beyond the arc. The Knicks needed another night like that from Felton with Anthony out, but they didn't get it.

SUBPAR NIGHT FOR SMITH: The Knicks also needed a big night from J.R. Smith with Anthony on the bench. But Smith struggled, scoring 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting. He missed two of his eight 3-point attempts.

Steve Novak, surprisingly, took just three 3-point attempts.

Tyson Chandler had another double double -- his third straight -- with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

TURNOVER TALLY: By their standards, the Knicks were uncharacteristically careless with the ball on Saturday. They turned it over 15 times, but just three times in the second half. Chicago scored 15 points off of Knicks turnovers, crucial points in a close game. New York had 14 points off of 19 Chicago turnovers.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks conclude a stretch of four games in five nights with a home game against the Denver Nuggets, Anthony's ex-team. The Knicks forward said before Saturday's game that he hopes to play against Denver. The Knicks then have a day off before playing at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

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