Joakim Noah registered his sixth double-double this season, scoring 21 points and registering 18 rebounds, to help the Chicago Bulls slip by the Milwaukee Bucks, 91-90. This is only the third win for Chicago (9-12) in its last 10 games.
Noah went 10-15 from the field, in a strong performance. He also added 5 assists and 3 steals. Other top contributors for Chicago included Carlos Boozer with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Kirk Hinrich with 13 points and 8 assists, and Mike Dunleavy with 12 points and 5 rebounds. On 5-9 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line, Gary Neal put up 17 points off the bench for Milwaukee in the loss.
As dictated by the data, Chicago controlled the offensive backboards in this contest, finishing with an OR% of 40.5%. They rank second in the league in that metric at 30.2%. The defense of Milwaukee, on the other hand, is 30th in the NBA on the glass with a DR% of 70.0%.
This drops Milwaukee (5-18) to 1-1 versus Chicago on the season.
Coming up, the Bulls battle the Toronto Raptors, who are 8-13 on the season. The Bucks match up against the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 13-10 this year. The Bulls are 1-0 versus Toronto this season. The Bucks have a 0-1 record against Dallas this season.