Feb 19, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) is defended by New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson (33) as he drives toward the basket during the second half at the New Orleans Arena. Chicago defeated New Orleans 96-87. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

GAME BALLS: Chicago Bulls 96, New Orleans Hornets 87

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The All-Star break has officially wrapped with a much needed victory for the Chicago Bulls over the New Orleans Hornets. The Bulls snapped their two game loosing streak, while slashing a Hornets two game winning streak Tuesday night in New Orleans. Of course Chicago’s two All-Stars shined; Deng scored 20, and Joakim Noah had a double – double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.  For the Hornets: Davis had a double of double of his own with 15/10, and Gordon finished with 20. The Bulls out-rebounded the Hornets 47-39, and they thrived off of second chance opportunities with 15 points.

OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Joakim Noah 15 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists. Noah the now All-Star Center, started off the second half of the season on the right foot, reaching his sixteenth consecutive double double.

DEFENSIVE GAMEBALL: Kirk Hinrich 5 points, 10 assists, 3 steals. Welcome back Captain Kirk! The Bulls have desperately missed the intensity of Hinrich’s defense the last 11 games. Chicago went 4-7 without Hinrich in his absence with an infection in his left elbow.

OVERALL GAMEBALL: Luol Deng 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Deng, the now dubbed two time NBA All-Star; (that has such a nice ring to it) went off in New Orleans Tuesday night leading both teams in scoring. Deng sealed the victory with a layup that brought the Bulls up 88-80 with 4:47 left in regulation; Chicago went on to win 96-87.

The Bulls return home to the Windy City on Thursday to face their rival, the Miami Heat.

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