Rose and Noah Return as Bulls Win
The Chicago Bulls recently lost 10 games straight for the first time since Nov 7-21, 2001. For the past four of those games Derrick Rose was out and for all ten they were without Joakim Noah.
Against the Philadelphia 76ers both players returned to the lineup and the result was a 98-84 victory. Rose led the way with a team high 23 points, including 12 in the first quarter. The 76ers gave him the three-point shot and he made them pay as he sunk two in the opening 12 minutes.
Noah was not used as much as Rose however his presence was a much needed boost to the struggling Bulls. Noah added nine points and pulled down four rebounds during his 9 minutes 22 seconds on court. Kirk Hinrich chipped in for 17 points.
For the 76ers starting center Samuel Dalembert was just behind Marreese Speights who top scored with 17 off the bench. Former number one draft pick for the Chicago Bulls, Elton Brand could only manage two points against his former team.
The Bulls next play on Monday against the visiting Houston Rockets who will be backing up from a match against New York.
Toronto, the main challenge for the Bulls in reaching the playoffs managed to maintain their margin of 2.5 games ahead of the Bulls as they defeated the New Jersey Nets 100-90.
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