Tip-Off for 3/1/13 (featuring Rick James): Joakim Noah gives Defensive Player of the Year performance as Bulls defeat 76ers 93-82
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Love him or hate him, Joakim Noah has taken his game to new heights.
The breakout season continues for Joakim Noah. The six-year forward was selected as an All-Star for the first time and is a big reason the Chicago Bulls are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race — minus their leader Derrick Rose.
Against the Sixers, Noah posted his third career triple-double. His line of 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks is the first triple-double of its kind since 1985 (and maybe back further). The Bulls were victorious over the Sixers 93-82.
Clippers 99 – Pacers 91 – The Clippers forced 20 turnovers and held the Pacers to 42 percent shooting. Chris Paul finished with 29 points and 8 assists. Blake Griffin added 14 rebounds and another signature dunk for his scrapbook. David West led the Pacers with 22 points.
Bulls 93 – 76ers 82 – Not a great shooting night for either team. The Bulls snapped a three-game home losing streak and swept the season series with the 76ers. Jrue Holiday led Philly with 22 points and Spencer Hawes led the visitors with 15 rebounds.
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