This Knicks road trip started in Chicago with bad news for Joakim Noah. For the second time in 2 ½ weeks, he would not be dressing at the arena in which he was once an MVP candidate.

The trip ended with one of Noah’s finest moments of a strange season — with him playing the final 13 minutes in a 105-103 victory at Smoothie King Center.

It was only his fifth appearance and came about only because Kyle O’Quinn got into foul trouble. Noah was solid defensively against DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, scored two big fourth-quarter hoops and contributed to a key win.

“It felt really good,’’ Noah said. “It’s been a while. My situation, I’ve been through a lot. What it’s telling me is appreciating every moment I get to play out there, to be able to play in the fourth quarter, competing against the best players in the world and getting a much-needed W and being a part of it, feels great.’’

The game in Chicago on Wednesday — a last-second loss — was a bitter pill.