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Eastern Conference Rivalry Renewed

October 29, 2021 Eastern Conference Rivalry Renewed

By: Carlos Alvarez

Knicks Hold Off Bulls (104-103) in Early Season Showdown

It’s been a long time since both Chicago and New York fans had basketball excitement, and even longer since they had it at the same time. This year’s Knicks and Bulls look like emerging early-season contenders, and that hasn’t been the case (simultaneously) the 90s era of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. Thursday’s clash went down to the wire before the Knicks held off a 4th-quarter comeback attempt in Chicago (104-103). Bulls’ guard DeMar DeRozan got a look at a game-winner that resulted in an airball. Each team is 4-1, but the 2021-22 season looks promising for the Eastern Conference titans of old.


Top Performers

K. Walker (NYK): 21 points

J. Randle (NYK): 13 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists

Z. LaVine (CHI): 25 points, 6 rebounds

N. Vucevic (CHI): 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists


Watch: Knicks Beat Bulls in Eastern Conference Thriller (104-103)


Other NBA Highlights

76ers def. Pistons (110-102)

Wizards def. Hawks (122-111)

Jazz def. Rockets (122-91)

Mavericks def. Spurs (104-99)

Grizzlies def. Warriors (104-101, OT)


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Photo: Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images