In a complete performance, Joakim Noah put up 23 points and added 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Sacramento Kings, 94-87. This is the seventh win for Chicago (37-29) in its last 10 games.
Noah went 9-15 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Chicago included Taj Gibson with 19 points and 9 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had another strong performance for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 26 points on 7-18 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-13 from the free throw line.
The Kings posted an eFG% of just 37.6%, including 14.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-8 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Bulls are 15-3 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Sacramento (23-43) to 1-1 versus Chicago on the season.
Coming up, the Bulls square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 48-17 on the season. The Kings match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently sitting at 32-32 this year. The Bulls have a 0-1 record against Oklahoma City this season. The Kings have a 1-1 record against Minnesota this season.