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.

Lakers 116 – T-Wolves 94 - Kobe Bryant recorded his 1,800 career steal as the Lakers pull to within two games of the Houston Rockets for the final playoff spot in the West. Bryant finished with a game-high 33 points and Dwight Howard grabbed 13 rebounds. J.J. Barea led the T-Wolves with 20 points and Ricky Rubio handed out 13 assists.

The Lineup: 

World peace may depend on diplomat Dennis Rodman (Inside Hoops).

Rohan Marley opens up about Lauryn Hill (Black America Web).

Perry Vision (InstaGram).

The Atlanta Falcons free up $16 million for free agents (ESPN).

Colin Kaepernick silent on Alex Smith trade (Sports Roadhouse).

LeSean McCoy stands by Michael Vick (ESPN).

Sexual orientation and the NFL (Gridiron Girl).

French Montana’s post after a shooting after his show in Philly (In Flex We Trust).

Sheed may return for the playoffs (SI.com).

The Miami Heat and the Harlem Shake (YouTube).

 

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