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Brunson scores 45 in second straight 40-point game, Knicks beat Bulls 128-117


AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 45 in his second straight 40-point game, and the New York Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 128-117 on Tuesday night.

Brunson delivered his 10th 40-point game this season after scoring 43 in a win at Milwaukee on Sunday. He nailed seven 3-pointers, helping New York win its second in a row after losing four of five.

OG Anunoby scored 24. Donte DiVincenzo hit a heave from midcourt to end the first half and finished with 21 points.

Josh Hart scored 17 and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Knicks also got some payback for a loss at Chicago on Friday. The two teams close out the regular season in New York on Sunday.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 34 points. Coby White scored 24 and made two 3-pointers, giving him a franchise single-season record 205. Nikola Vucevic added 26 points, but Chicago lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

The Knicks went on a 13-2 run to start the second half and led 81-64 after Brunson's three-point play. The Bulls got back into it, with DeRozan scoring 15 in the quarter, and pulled within four early in the fourth.

A dunk by Anunoby and 3 by Brunson made it 112-103. Brunson also nailed a step-back 3 off a nasty crossover to bump New York's lead to 117-104 with 5:45 remaining.

Brunson torched the Bulls 24 in the first half as the Knicks grabbed a 68-62 lead.

He made 4 of 5 3-pointers, including one with about a minute left to make it a nine-point game before things took a wild turn in the closing seconds. Vucevic nailed one from the top of the key with six seconds remaining. White then stole the inbounds and set a franchise single-season record with his 205th 3 when he pulled up from the wing, and DiVincenzo hit a halfcourt heave to send New York to the locker room up by six.

Before the game, Chicago coach Billy Donovan said he had not been contacted by Kentucky about replacing John Calipari and insisted his “total commitment” is with the Bulls. He acknowledged he was flattered by the speculation.

“You always are, right? But I haven’t spoken to anybody," he said.

Donovan was an assistant at Kentucky under Rick Pitino and coached Florida to NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. He left in 2015 to coach the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015 and is in his fourth season with the Bulls.

Chicago guard Ayo Dosunmu (bruised right quadriceps) missed the game. Donovan wasn't sure how long he will be out.


Knicks: Visit Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Bulls: Visit Detroit on Thursday night.



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