Friday's Knicks Links: Porzingis leads New York over Bulls again

Kristaps Porzingis’ double-double helps Knicks win back-to-back over Bulls: The last two nights, the New York Knicks have played like the team they were earlier this season, when they looked as if they could compete for a playoff berth. Kristaps Porzingis also has seemed to regain the bounce and form that made him the NBA’s next rising star. -- Newsday

Carmelo Anthony reiterates commitment to helping Knicks win: Although Carmelo Anthony has appeared frustrated enough to look for a way out of New York at times this season, he gave another strong indication that he’s not planning an exit strategy. During an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Anthony reiterated his commitment to helping the Knicks turn things around. -- Newsday

How these meaningless Knicks games can shape next season: Nine games are left after the Knicks completed a home-and-away sweep of the fading Bulls on Thursday to get to 30 wins — awash in Garden cheers. Their first back-to-back triumphs since mid-January were meaningless in the standings for the Knicks but meaningful in the tweaks management is trying to incorporate under interim coach Kurt Rambis. -- New York Post

Knicks do the unthinkable: Win two games in two nights: With 7:27 left in the game, Jose Calderon spotted Derrick Williams steamrolling toward the Knicks’ basket. So Calderon unleashed an alley-oop that Williams stuffed. So what? Calderon was at the Bulls’ 3-point line. Transition defense — actually, any defense — was not on the Bulls’ menu Thursday at the Garden. -- New York Post

Arron Afflalo may opt out if Knicks make him a bench player: The old standby is: It doesn’t matter who starts but who finishes. Well, Arron Afflalo did his very best to present a diplomatically correct acceptance of that adage after recently going from starter to sixth man for the Knicks. -- New York Post

Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis help Knicks overcome turmoil, sweep home-and-home from Bulls: It had been two long months since the Knicks won back-to-back games. Two months that included a coaching change, a dip in production from the prized rookie and daily questions about Carmelo Anthony’s future. But the sinking Bulls provided a remedy for New York’s drought. -- New York Daily News

Bulls players describe Tom Thibodeau’s love for New York, offer praise for former coach: While reeling toward mediocrity without Tom Thibodeau, Bulls players provided glowing referrals and reviews for their former coach Thursday. Whether Phil Jackson is listening or cares is another matter. -- New York Daily News

J.R. Smith: ‘Save me a spot’ on the LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony super tea : J.R. Smith can be counted among those hoping to see past and current teammates Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James hook up to play with close friends Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade at some point later in their careers, as James suggested as a possibility earlier this week. -- New York Daily News

Back-to-Back Wins Give the Knicks a Rare Streak: After corralling a defensive rebound midway through the fourth quarter, Jose Calderon peeked up and spotted Derrick Williams streaking down the left sideline. Calderon heaved a diagonal two-handed pass from the opposite 3-point line toward the rim, and Williams, airborne, contorting his body like a cat, caught the ball near his right ear with two hands and hammered it through the hoop. -- The New York Times