There isn't a hotter team in the NBA right now than the Chicago Bulls, and they proved it on Friday night by beating the Eastern Conference's best team. Luol Deng scored a season-high 29 points, as the Bulls stunned the New York Knicks 110-106 at Madison Square Garden.
With four players getting ejected from Friday night's game (including star Bulls center Joakim Noah) the win was controversial for Chicago, but it also proved that the Bulls are amongst the Eastern Conference's best teams right now. It was Chicago's seventh victory in nine games overall, and improved them to 8-3 in the month of December.
It also moved Chicago ahead of Indiana and Milwaukee in the Central Division standings.
With the victory, the Bulls now have a full one game lead over both the Pacers and Bucks, who are tied for second place in the Central Division. Detroit is nine games back of Chicago, while Cleveland is 11.5 games off the lead and in last place in the division.
For the Bulls, the victory over the Knicks also vaulted them into fourth place in the overall Eastern Conference standings. They trail only New York, Miami and Atlanta.