The New York Knicks are hanging tight with the Chicago Bulls through the first 24 minutes of Monday night's game. They look much improved on defense following a disastrous outing against the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday, holding Chicago to 39.6 percent shooting from the floor. The Knicks lead 50-48 at intermission.
The turnaround owes much to Tyson Chandler, who has done a solid job altering Chicago's shots in the lane. Derrick Rose has 13 points but is shooting just 5-for-15 from the floor to get there. The Bulls have done a much better job on the boards, however, out-rebounding the Knicks 28-21.
Jeremy Lin has just eight points on 2-for-6 shooting, but has done a nice job running the offense with five assists. The Knicks look much more in-sync offensively. Chandler's 11 points leads the team on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor. Carmelo Anthony still hasn't found a rhythm, however, needing nine shot attempts to score eight points.
The Bulls initially raced out to a 12-5 lead, but the Knicks came back with a 11-0. The teams traded the lead through the rest of the half, with a pretty mid-range floater by Lin putting New York ahead going into the locker room.