NEW YORK (AP) — Damyean Dotson scored 22 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19, and the New York Knicks hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-103 on Tuesday night.
The Knicks held on after blowing an 18-point lead to take their first home win over the Bulls since Dec. 2, 2008.
Kris Dunn scored 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 15.2 seconds left. The play set off a scramble for the ball that led to four foul shots for No. 3 overall pick Wendell Carter Jr. after he got the rebound.
But Carter turned the ball over on the Bulls’ final possession, setting up the late drama.
Carter added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, but the Knicks were able to fend off their opponent for the second straight night. They edged the Hornets 91-88 in Charlotte.
“Once again, our defense was really good on both ends of the floor tonight,” coach David Fizdale said. “They killed us down the stretch of that game in Charlotte and it’s our job to stop their momentum and it was really cool to watch these guys realize they got opportunities and want to come through.”
The Bulls have lost five of their last six.
Carter made two free throws to cut the lead to 97-95 with 4:38 left. But the Knicks responded with a 10-1 run, led by Jaylen Brown, to make it 102-95 with 2:48 left.
The Bulls cut the lead to 103-102 when Carter made one of two free throws with 12.8 seconds left.
Dotson made two free throws with 12.7 seconds left, pushing the lead to 104-102.
Dunn then sank two free throws to make it 104-103.
“We did a poor job of executing the plays,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “If we executed the play exactly like we needed to it would have been a different outcome and unfortunately that didn’t happen.”
The Bulls pulled back within one with a 3-pointer by Bobby Portis, but Carter missed the second of two free throws and Jerian Grant missed a putback attempt after a turnover.
Carter then made both of his free throws and made another with seven seconds left to put Chicago down 104-103.
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Fizdale said the film “Sex and the City” is the highest-grossing movie since May on Blockbuster Ticket sales, even higher than “Atomic Blonde.” “Atomic Blonde” has now made $19.2 million and “Sex and the City” hit $39.2 million in 2008.
Bulls: The Bulls were playing the second of a back-to-back after losing to the Knicks on Monday night in New York. … The Bulls were coming off a four-game road trip, during which they went 3-1. … Carter has at least eight rebounds in three of his last four games.
Knicks: Rookie forward Kevin Knox broke his hand Monday night after taking a hard fall on a dunk attempt. Knox will get surgery Wednesday and miss three to four weeks. … F Noah Vonleh, who has not played this season due to an injury to his left foot, traveled with the team. He is in the final stage of rehab from ACL surgery after New York acquired him from Charlotte in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
Bulls: Host the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Knicks: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.