Norm Van Lier

Thursday's recap: Bulls 103, Knicks 97

Thursday's recap: Bulls 103, Knicks 97

The summary

Jimmy Butler's career-high 35 points and Pau Gasol's 20 led the Bulls in an unexpectedly taut 103-97 victory over the depleted Knicks, who were without Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. Joakim Noah returned from his four-game absence and missed 7 of 8 shots but grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. None was bigger than his offensive grab of Butler's miss that led to Aaron Brooks icing matters with a free throw with 11 seconds left.

Turning point

Brooks, huge with 18 points, rose to shoot — and instead fired a pass to Gasol that hit the net but Gasol still caught and laid in with 52.5 seconds left...