In New York, rookie Michael Jordan scored 33 points as Chicago (5-2) got off to its best start in 11 years.
New York (1-6) lost its sixth straight, although Bernard King -- who played only three periods -- scored a game-high 34 points. The Knicks' next-highest scorer, though, was Louis Orr, who had 13.
The Bulls (5-2) never trailed after taking a 4-2 lead and led by 11 much of the first period. Orlando Woolridge scored 14 of his 24 points and Jordan had 10 as Chicago ended the period with a 36-25 lead.
The Bulls' reserve center, Dave Corzine, made four straight jumpers from the base line in a span of 2:09 to highlight a 14-2 run that gave them a 53-32 lead with 6:36 left in the first half. They led at the half, 69-50.
Jordan, who made 15 of 22 field goal attempts and had eight rebounds and five assists, scored 16 points in the third period as the Bulls increased their lead to 104-81. His final basket of the quarter came on a steal and dunk that brought the Madison Square Garden crowd of 19,252 to its feet, although the outcome had long since been decided.