Joakim Noah gets triple-double, Bulls beat Sixers 93-82Posted by Inside Hoops
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau needed just three words to sum up Joakim Noah’s big night on Thursday.
“He was spectacular,” Thibodeau said.
Noah had 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks for his third career triple-double and the Chicago Bulls ended a two-game losing streak with a 93-82 victory over Philadelphia.
“His will from the start of the game until the end was just incredible,” Thibodeau said. “He was everywhere - blocked shots, switching, guarding everyone. Big-time multiple efforts.”
Noah also tied the Bulls record for blocks in a regulation game, previously set by Artis Gilmore in 1977.
“He was amazing,” Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. “(But) we needed everybody to step up and we did. It was impressive.”
Boozer added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng had 15 and 12 points, respectively, as the Bulls completed a three-game regular season series sweep.
– Reported by the Associated Press
The Bulls swept the season series against the 76ers 3-0… The Bulls finished the month of February 5-8, the first losing month in the two-plus seasons Tom Thibodeau has been coach… the Bulls are just 16-14 at home this season… Noah’s triple-double was the first with at least 20 in two of the three categories since David Lee of the New York Knicks had 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists on April 2, 2010… it was the first triple-double with at least 20 in two categories for the Bulls since the team’s first triple-double by Guy Rodgers on Oct. 18, 1966 when he had 22 points, 21 assists and 10 rebounds.
– Reported by NBA.com