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         === Noah's triple-double leads Bulls over slumping Sixers ===
 
 Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Joakim Noah registered his third-career triple-
 double  with 23  points, 21 rebounds and  11 blocked shots to lead the Chicago
 Bulls to a 93-82 win over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers at United Center.
 
 "(Noah) is an energy and effort player, so when he plays like that, and you
 get an effort like that it unites and inspires your team," Bulls head coach
 Tom Thibodeau. "It makes other guys do the same."
 
 Carlos  Boozer added 21 points and 12 boards, while Luol Deng finished with 12
 points,  eight rebounds  and four assists for the Bulls, who had dropped their
 last three games at home entering the contest.
 
 Deng  took an elbow to the face from Philadelphia forward Spencer Hawes in the
 closing  seconds  of the  game. He  remained on the  court for several minutes
 before heading to the locker room.
 
 Jrue  Holiday  scored 22  points  on  10-of-18  shooting  from the  floor  and
 Hawes  added  20 points  and 15  rebounds for  the Sixers,  who have dropped a
 season-high seven straight.
 
 "It is rough not being able to win. We just have to keep trying to find
 answers, play hard and give ourselves the opportunity to play win every
 night," Sixers forward Evan Turner said.
 
 The  game  was tied 12-12 with  6:26 left in  the first quarter, but the Bulls
 scored five straight to go up 17-12 nearly two minutes later. Holiday's jumper
 sparked an 8-2 run to give Philadelphia a 20-19 lead, but the Bulls managed to
 take a 23-22 edge into the second.
 
 Chicago  opened the second  frame with a 9-4 flurry to go up 32-26 at the 8:51
 mark,  but the Sixers  responded with a 10-4 burst to knot things up at 36-36.
 The  Bulls, though, closed the half with a 9-3 swing to take a 45-39 lead into
 the break.
 
 Noah had 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots by halftime.
 
 "Noah was spectacular, he was the difference in the game," Sixers head coach
 Doug Collins said.
 
 The  Bulls  stayed hot through  the third period,  stretching their lead to 16
 points,  64-48,  following Kirk  Hinrich's 3-ball at  the 3:46 mark. Holiday's
 jumper  moments later  ignited 12-4 run to cut Philadelphia's deficit to 68-62
 entering the final frame.
 
 Philadelphia  managed to shave  the lead to 75-71 near the middle of the forth
 quarter,  but the Bulls quickly countered with an 8-0 burst to push the spread
 back to 12 points.
 
 The Sixers couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 
 Noah set a career-high and tied a Bulls record for blocks in a regulation game
 (11)  ... Noah became the fourth player in the last 25 years to post a triple-
 double  with  at least 20 points,  20 rebounds and 10 blocks (Hakeem Olajuwon,
 Shaquille  O'Neal,  Shawn Bradley)  ... Chicago  guard Richard Hamilton missed
 Thursday's game with back spasms ... Philadelphia shot a dreadful 57.1 percent
 (12-for-21) from the free throw line.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/01 00:59:30 ET

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