CHICAGO — Kris Dunn made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls a 104-102 victory over the Knicks on Saturday night.
Coach Fred Hoiberg put the ball in Dunn’s hands during the final possession and the second-year point guard was fouled by Courtney Lee while driving to the basket.
“I want to be a leader for my team and I want to make the big plays,” Dunn said. “I know we have multiple guys who can make plays, but I definitely want to be one of them.”
After a timeout, the Knicks, who had scored 10 consecutive points to tie the score, 102-102, had a chance to tie again or take the lead, but Kristaps Porzingis missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Nikola Mirotic, in just his second game of the season, had 19 points to help Chicago win its second straight. Dunn finished with 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen and David Nwaba had 15 points apiece. Nwaba had 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“I’m proud of the guys for finding a way to hang on there,” Hoiberg said.
Porzingis had 23 points for New York. The Knicks are 1-8 on the road.