NBA News: Joakim Noah Shines, Chicago Bulls Edge Past Spurs 92-89 In Thriller
The Chicago Bulls registered their most sensational win on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center. The Bulls finally overcame the challenge of Spurs at 92-89. Veteran Joakim Noah came off the bench to lead the Bulls to win against Spurs side which was riding high on a five-game winning streak.Advertisement
The Spurs went into the game with the League’s second-best 14-4 win record, trailing only behind reigning champions Golden State Warriors.
“Jo was huge. Looking for his shot, making great moves,” teammate Derrick Rose said about Noah’s performance. “His energy was there rebounding the ball, pushing the ball, making the right passes. It was great.”
Noah guided a reserve lineup to a 15-7 run in starting the fourth quarter. In his 23 minutes of action, he finished with 8 points, 7 assists and 11 rebounds.
“It was one of those nights when everybody on the floor, not only contributed but contributed in a big way,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after winning. “Everybody that was out there made key plays.”
Noah returned to form after having a poor run this season so far where he averaged only 2.7 points and struggled with his role of coming in as a substitute. The teams were tied 89-89 with 2:01 remaining in the final quarter. Pau Gasol earned a foul and made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Bulls ahead. Jimmy Butler then made the most of 2 free throws to give the Bulls a three-point lead. Gasol scored 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 25 points, but missed a three-pointer at the crucial moment. The Bulls improved to 10-5.