The Bulls topped the Celtics 92-84 Thursday night at United Center in Chicago. This win gives Chicago the 8th seed, meanwhile the C's fall to the 9th seed.
Joakim Noah paved the way with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists(1 shy of his fourth triple-double). Besides him in the front-court was Carlos Boozer who had 16 points along with 7 boards. After falling short of a triple-double, Noah had words to say,
"It all depends on the guys making shots. Everyone was telling me I was getting close and needed to get an assist. Yes, I was trying to get it, but it's really not the way you are supposed to do it."
In his last 10 games, Noah has averaged 12.5 PPG, along with 11.5 RPG. Chicago will host the New Orleans Pelicans next.
Even though his team lost, Brad Stevens was very impressed in his team's play.
"I was actually very encouraged and the reason why is we played very physical."
The Celtics out-rebounded the Bulls by a total of 48-41. Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries each had 11 rebounds. The Bulls led by 3 at half-time and never looked back. Jeff Green struggled in this one , hitting only 5 of his 18 shots for 11 points. Jordan Crawford played 38 minutes and finished with 22 points and 7 assists. Stevens was also very impressed by Noah's play,
"He is a guy who always makes his teammates better. He makes some plays that will never be on the stat sheet by coming over and helping and being long. He is just a good all-around player."
This loss drops Boston to 13-19[.406] and out of the playoff standings. They will host the Pelicans next Friday in Boston.