Derrick Rose sits, Bulls beat Knicks

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sat out yet again, but the Bulls still prevailed against the Knicks in a revenge matchup Tuesday night.

Bulls guard Rip Hamilton had a surprising-but-welcomed performance, doubling his nightly average of 10 points per game to score 20 on 7-14 shooting from the field.

Forward Luol Deng finished with a strong 19 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Carlos Boozer finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds to help the Bulls maintain their status as the team with the NBA’s best record (44-14).

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a strong offensive game with a game-high 29 points on 11-19 shooting with 5 assists and 4 steals, but the Knicks as a whole were dominated, being outrebounded 51-33 (allowing 18 offensive rebounds), outassisted 27-16, and getting up 17 less shots than the Bulls.

Derrick Rose did not play due to an ankle sprain he suffered in the first overtime of Sunday’s prime-time matchup versus the Knicks at the Garden, which the Bulls lost by one, 100-99.

Rose has now missed 23 games this season, but on this night they were able to win without him.

The Bulls look to continue closing out the best record in the league on Thursday when they play the Miami Heat at home, while the Knicks look to keep fighting for their playoff hopes on Wednesday when they play Milwaukee on the road.