With more than six minutes left in the game, and ten seconds remaining on the shot clock, and the Bulls leading the Knicks by 13 points, Nikola Mirotic just went ahead and pulled up from 35 feet and nailed a three right in Carmelo Anthony’s grill. There’s no discernible reason why he would opt for this particular shot, being that his name’s not Steph Curry and that he’s a lukewarm 33 percent shooter from long-range this season, but then again Mirotic has consistently tried to assume the distinction as the NBA’s crown prince of irrational confidence.
In his defense, he was 4-of-6 from behind-the-arc Friday night against the Knicks en route to 17 points and made three of those treys in the first quarter. The Bulls would go on to win handily 108-81 after outscoring New York 31-8 in the fourth quarter. Mirotic would also finish with a career-high seven assists. He was one of five players in double-digit scoring for the Bulls.
Jimmy Butler led the way with 23 points, and Bobby Portis had arguably the best game of his young career as he put up 16 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown. He was also a game-high plus-30 for the night.