In a complete effort, Joakim Noah scored 17 points and notched 21 rebounds and 6 assists to help the Chicago Bulls slip by the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-100. Chicago (20-20) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
Noah went 6-16 from the field and 5-8 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Chicago were Jimmy Butler with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Taj Gibson with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Nick Young had another quality performance off the bench for Los Angeles despite the loss, putting up 31 points on 11-23 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line. Jodie Meeks chipped in 16 points and 7 assists and Ryan Kelly finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Coming up, the Bulls square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 15-26 on the season. The Lakers match up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 29-12 this year. The Bulls won two of their last three games against Cleveland. The Lakers are 0-1 versus Miami this season.