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A great game-ending play by Barrett and the Knicks

NBA: New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
Oct 28, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first half at United Center. 
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The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls are two of the hottest teams in the NBA so far and on Thursday night they tangled in the Windy City.

New York had the game in hand, 104-95, before undefeated Chicago rallied. With seconds left, DeMar DeRozan pulled up for a jumper near the Chicago bench, only to met by Mitchell Robinson and former Blue Devil RJ Barrett who forced him into an airball.

The Knicks survived 104-103.

Here’s what New York coach Tom Thibodeau said: “DeRozan is a closer and puts a lot of pressure on you. He is so good at getting to his spot, getting into the air and drawing fouls. That’s what I loved. … We gave the appropriate help. RJ stayed disciplined. He challenged very well. DeRozan is a heck of a player. He’s made shots with guys hanging over him his whole career. We found a way to win at the end.’’

Barrett finished with 20 points and three rebounds and the win. The Knicks are one of the hottest teams in the league.