Apr 15, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) defends Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls Cruise to Easy Win as Noah, Gibson Return


The Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic easily, 102-84, but the more important story was the return of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson from their nagging injuries.

Noah played 14 minutes, recording 6 points and 5 rebounds. More importantly, he looked mostly like himself while he was out there. He looked a bit rusty, but overall not too bad.

Gibson enjoyed a more substantial role, scoring 12 points in 21 minutes. Gibson wore a brace on his knee, but he moved well and dunked a few times along the way.

In non-injury news, Carlos Boozer scored 22 points on 11/15 shooting, Luol Deng had 18 on 8/11 to go with 8 assists, Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and 3 steals and Marco Belinelli had 16 points on 6/9 shooting. Jimmy Butler was the only starter not to score in double-figures, but he 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his 38 minutes.

The Bulls have tomorrow off before returning home to face the Washington Wizards in their season finale at the United Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. central time. After that, the Bulls will have at least two days off before the start of the playoffs, possibly three, depending on the exact scheduling. Check back on Wednesday for a more certain time and date.

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