Joakim Noah had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 110-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night in the United Center.
Noah's triple-double was the first by a Bulls center since Arits Gilmore in December 1977. The Bulls now go into the All-Star break with a 27-8 record, percentage points behind the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat still have a game left tomorrow against the Knicks before the break.
Noah's accomplishment was even more impressive because he completed the triple-double with a dunk for a three-point play before the end of the third quarter. A triple-double in 3/4 of a game is unbelievable for any player at any level, and it just goes to show how special of a player the Bulls have.
There isn't another team in the league that has a center who can grab the rebound and lead the fast break, finishing with a nice pass or a layup. Who can block a shot and fill the lane, and run with Derrick Rose. Who will grab four or five offensive rebounds and make just as many nice passes.
Noah has been the best center in the game over the last month, I'll take a closer look at how well he has played when I evaluate the Bulls' first half over the weekend.
This was truly a balanced victory, as six Bulls scored in double figures, and Gibson and Asik had nine and eight. Boozer was the biggest beneficiary of many of Noah's passes, leading the Bulls with 20 points on 9/12 shooting.
Pretty much the entire team played well, a very nice win to close out the first half of the season.