Under the bright lights of Midtown Manhattan, young Bulls guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls gave the theater crowd an evening to remember.
After blocking veteran Chauncey Billups's shot on a Knicks' possession, Rose showed off his full-court skills when he raced up the court for a fast-break layup.
Later, Bulls swing man Ronnie Brewer threw up an alley-oop to Rose who caught it with two hands but dunked it emphatically with one hand.
And that was just the first quarter.
In the second, Carlos Boozer found Rose in a half-court set, and the former University of Memphis star threw down a two-handed tomahawk dunk that wasn't bothered to be contested by the Knicks.
In the third quarter, Rose intercepted a pass from Billups intended for Carmelo Anthony, leading to Rose flying up the court by himself and doing a reverse that he started by bring the ball low, and ended with a thundering jam.
The former Rookie of the Year finished the Bulls' 103-90 victory with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting.
There won't be a Garden encore from Rose anytime soon. The only way the Bulls can face the Knicks would be in the Eastern Conference finals.