Bulls’ Alex Caruso is impacting winning without scoring

NEW YORK — Think back to some of the critical plays that didn’t feature scoring in the Chicago Bulls’ gritty victory over the New York Knicks.

Taj Gibson’s early ejection. Julius Randle’s late turnover.

At the center of them all? Alex Caruso.

“Through the course of the game, I just try and win each possession,” Caruso said Friday before the Bulls’ light workout in advance of Saturday’s showdown with the Nets. “If you have that mindset of being present — win each possession — I think they’ll eventually add up. You win enough of them, you win the game.”

It always comes back to winning for Caruso. So, for now, table talk of him making his first All-Defensive team, even if he does lead the NBA with 2.3 steals per game and total deflections with 85.

“I mean, at the end of the day we’re all humans. We’d like to be rewarded for things we do well, specifically doing jobs that are hard to do. But there’s a lot of season (left),” Caruso said. “If I start thinking about that, then I kind of get away from what brings me so much success, which is what I talked about. Staying present and try and win each possession.’’

To say Caruso has fit the new-look Bulls is like saying Gibson lost his cool after Caruso drew back-to-back offensive fouls off Gibson screens within a 24-second, first-quarter span. Fittingly, Zach LaVine buried a…

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