x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Jeremy Lin cannot save the Knicks from sixth successive defeat

Chicago Bulls claim 104-99 success in NBA encounter despite 15 points from Lin for New York.

Jeremy Lin, right, puts pressure on Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
Jeremy Lin, right, puts pressure on Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

The heady days of "Linsanity" are fading further from Knicks fans' minds after New York slumped to their sixth straight defeat with a 104-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Jeremy Lin, whose meteoric rise from anonymous benchwarmer to NBAsensation set the Knicks alight last month, managed 15 points and eight assists but his effect on the team continues to dwindle as New York fell into a tie with Milwaukee for eighth in the Eastern Conference

Derrick Rose scored 32 points to power the Bulls to the Chicago win, giving the host Bulls an NBA-best 35-9 record with the 10th victory in their past 11 games.

Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson each scored 15 points for the Bulls while Joakim Noah added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Gibson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for Chicago.

The Knicks suffered their sixth loss in a row and the seventh in their past eight games in falling to 18-24, level with Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York was led by 21 points from Carmelo Anthony, 20 points from Amare Stoudemire and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Tyson Chandler.

The Knicks have struggled since Anthony returned from an injury, unable to match the magic Lin mustered when he line-up was injury depleted.

Rose, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, helped spark the Bulls when the Knicks stayed close at the finish.

Lin sank two free throws to pull the Knicks within 91-88 with 4:33 to play but the Bulls scored eight of the next 10 points, Rose hitting a layup and a slam dunk, to seize the biggest lead of the game at 99-90 with 1:37 to play.

A Chandler lay-up and Anthony three-pointer kept the Knicks close into the final seconds, but Kyle Korver sank three late free throws and Gibson slammed in a dunk with seven seconds remaining to seal New York's fate.