It's hard to describe with complete accuracy the celebratory gesture Joakim Noah has unveiled sporadically to replace his imaginary six-shooter routine. Hands upraised, he shakes them as if they're too hot to handle. Whatever the case, Noah had plenty of opportunity to use it Tuesday night at the United Center when the emotional leader posted his second career triple-double, leading the Bulls to a 100-89 victory over the Celtics. Noah's 11 points, 13 rebounds and career-high-tying 10 assists continued to bolster his All-Star credentials on a night the Bulls needed a bounce-back effort in every way. He reached his complete feat assisting on Taj Gibson's jumper with 8 minutes, 7 seconds remaining and took a seat to a nice ovation nine seconds later. "I don't really think about stats," Noah said. "There's nothing better than playing well and winning. But I always tell people I'm a point center." Said coach Tom Thibodeau: "His skill set is so unique. It gives you the opportunity to play from the elbows more and get to a cutting game. He was very effective in the pick-and-roll and played with great energy. He made the team function at both ends." Luol Deng's 21 points, Carlos Boozer's 21 points and 12 rebounds in just 31 minutes and strong efforts off the bench from Gibson and Nate Robinson also boosted the Bulls, who shot 50 percent with 48 points in the paint.
Noah triple-doubles his pleasure
Chicago Tribune | Dec 19