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Noah leads Bulls past Nets

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The defensive-minded Joakim Noah once again kickstarted the Chicago Bulls' struggling offense.

Noah followed up an extraordinary 23-point, 21-rebound and 11-block performance Thursday with a 21-point, 10-rebound effort Saturday in the Bulls' 96-85 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets.

Noah was 10-of-13 from the field and added five assists and four blocks for Chicago, which went just 5-8 in February. The Bulls' offense tallied just 85.7 points per game over their last seven contests coming in.

Carlos Boozer finished with 20 points, eight boards and five steals in the victory.

The win moves Chicago a half-game ahead of Brooklyn for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brook Lopez netted 22 points to lead the Nets, who have dropped four of their last five tilts.

03/02 22:32:12 ET

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