Bulls vs Bucks Game Recap: Noah's First Career Triple-Double Leads to 110-91 Win

Bulls vs Bucks Game Recap: Noah's First Career Triple-Double Leads to 110-91 Win
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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.


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  • Basketball is a beautiful game when played the way it was last night.

    Milwaukee is pathetic - esp w/o Bogut and Gooden.

    Our Bulls - here's a few stats, courtesy of the local newspaper - The Bulls enter the break ranked first in assists, second in rebounds, second in assists-to-turnover ratio, third in points allowed, fourth in turnovers, fifth in blocks and sixth in field-goal percentage. Astonishing!!

    32 assists on 43 makes ... wow!

    Beep, beep - drive home safely!!

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    It just shows how good the Bulls are going to be in the playoffs that they are putting up all these outstanding offensive numbers, and they have played the majority of the season without their starting SG.

    I know Rip was really brought in just to beat the Heat, I hope they let him keep on resting so he'll be nice a fresh for the playoffs. Give him the last 5-6 games of the regular season to get back into game shape, then he's got two rounds of playoffs to get ready for Miami.

  • yea, that's a nice way to close out the first half of the season...Did I hear correctly last night when Neil said Miami lost to the Bucks twice this season? So we need Milwaukee to get the 7th or 8th seed and let the Heat get upset in the 1st round hahaha...

    Looking forward to a healthy and exciting rest of the season!

  • Yes Keep the Bucks have beat the Heat twice this season, it just goes to show that sometimes a team just ain't got it. That's why I pretty much ignore garbage like that New Jersey game Saturday, it was just one of those days that the Bulls sucked.

    It happens.

    But yeah, if they are just one of those bad matchups that can give the Heat a little bit of resistance in the first two rounds, more power to them.

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