Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by the Bulls' Jimmy Butler, middle, and Joakim Noah, right, in Saturday night's NBA game in New York. The Knicks won, 107-91.

NEW YORK — Quickly trailing by 10 against a tired team, coach Derek Fisher had a simple message for his New York Knicks.

"Wake up, basically," he said.

The Chicago Bulls, coming off a four-overtime marathon, never quite could.

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and the Knicks beat the weary Bulls 107-91 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

A night after a lengthy loss in Chicago, the Bulls started well and had a strong third quarter, but the rest of the game mostly belonged to the Knicks.

"You're a little fatigued but I feel everybody felt it tonight. I think everybody gave it their all, at least what they had, and just didn't have it tonight," Bulls star Derrick Rose said.

Arron Afflalo added 18 points for New York, which got back to .500 at 14-14 after winning only 17 games last season. Lance Thomas scored 13 off the bench.

Anthony said the Knicks, who also played Friday, knew not to take the Bulls lightly.

"They're a very experienced group, so we couldn't take no chances with that," Anthony said. "I thought after those first couple minutes we played great basketball."

Joakim Noah had a season-high 21 points for the Bulls in his first start of the season. Rookie forward Bobby Portis had the best night of his brief career with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulls' 147-144 home loss to Detroit finished about 20 hours before Saturday's tip-off at Madison Square Garden, and they didn't get to their New York hotel until after 4 a.m. Pau Gasol didn't even make the trip after playing 48 minutes Friday, remaining behind in Chicago for rest and treatment for some recent soreness.

Jimmy Butler and Rose both started after playing 56 and 54 minutes, respectively, but were without their usual sharpness. Butler was 4 of 11 for 12 points a night after scoring 43, while Rose played 20 minutes and had six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls didn't move the ball well, but part of that might have been because their legs weren't moving well, either.

"There's no doubt about that, but you've got to find a way to muster up energy and fight through the tough times," Hoiberg said. "I didn't feel we did a very good job of that tonight."

Still, the Bulls looked fine early in racing to a 12-2 lead. But the Knicks dominated the remainder of the first quarter, particularly when the teams went to their reserves, and led 25-18 entering the second.

Anthony scored 19 in the first half, but Chicago was down only nine after three. The Knicks' reserves then opened the fourth with eight quick points to extend it to 85-68 and they remained comfortably ahead from there.

New York shot 50 percent against a Chicago team that came in limiting teams to an NBA-low 41.3 percent but was understandably a step slow in this one.

Noah grabbed 10 rebounds and became the Bulls' career leader in offensive boards, passing Horace Grant (1,888). 

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