Joakim Noah became the first NBA player to post 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in the same game and the first Chicago Bulls player to record a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double since Artis Gilmore in 1977 as the Bulls took down the scuffling Philadelphia 76ers, 93-82.
Noah’s big night aside, the Bulls didn’t really play all that well. They struggled to score for much of the night, finishing under 40 percent from the field on the night, but Noah combined with a Sixers team that couldn’t score at all turned out to be enough.
Carlos Boozer notched a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds — although he was pretty much an afterthought for most of the night — but this was basically the Joakim Noah show. He finished with 23/21/11 in what might be the best game of his career. Spencer Hawes had 20 and 15 for Philly, somehow, and Jrue Holiday had 22.
The Bulls desperately needed this win after an extremely rough February, including losing three of their last four games, and they did enough to win. February 2013 will not go down as anyone’s favorite month ever, but it’s behind the Bulls now, and this was a good way to end it.
The Bulls’ next game will be on Saturday, as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center.