Knicks-Bulls, no Derrick Rose, no Carmelo Anthony, no Richard Hamilton. Two defensive-minded teams with no real star power on the floor.
Then the Bulls watched Taj Gibson get the boot in the second quarter, courtesy of two technicals, and, of course, Kirk Hinrich couldn’t answer the bell for the second half with a bum left elbow.
Grimy in every sense of the word.
Right where the Bulls needed it to be.
Thanks to 22 points apiece from Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli, the Bulls had their first signature victory of the season Saturday, beating the New York Knicks 93-85 at the United Center.