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Bulls' Noah gets triple double

Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, gets one of his 11 blocks against the 76ers’ Nick Young.

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Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, gets one of his 11 blocks against the 76ers’ Nick Young.

CHICAGO — Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau needed just three words to sum up Joakim Noah's big night on Thursday.

"He was spectacular," Thibodeau said of the former Gator, who had 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks for his third career triple double.

And as a result, the Bulls ended a two-game losing streak with a 93-82 victory over the 76ers.

Noah tied the Bulls record for blocks in a regulation game (Artis Gilmore, 1977) as Chicago completed a three-game regular-season series sweep.

"His will from the start of the game until the end was just incredible," Thibodeau said. "He was everywhere — blocked shots, switching, guarding everyone. Big-time multiple efforts."

Noah shrugged off the superlatives. "It feels really good to play well and win," he said.

Sixers coach Doug Collins wasn't as reticent. "Noah is so lively, and he's so active, and he's just on the move all the time," he said. "If you don't get your body on him, he's just going to be nightmares around the rim."

Game highlights: Chris Paul scored 29 as the Clippers held off the host Pacers 99-91.

Howard eyes Rio: Lakers center Dwight Howard, who already won an Olympic gold medal for the United States in 2008 in Beijing, wants to play for Team USA again in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. "No doubt," he told espn.com when asked if he wanted to play in Brazil. Howard said he was miffed when his back surgery prevented him from being available for the London Games.

Kings' Fate: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said two investors want to buy the team and build a downtown arena to stop the proposed move to Seattle. Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness, will bid for the team, and Penguins owner Ron Burkle will lead a group to build a new arena, Johnson said. The Maloof family has a deal to sell to a group led by Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer. The league's board of governors will make a decision by mid April.

Playful Heat: Two days after saying he might end the team's pregame dunk routine that sparked more criticism, Miami's LeBron James said it isn't going away. Then the players released a video of the team doing its version of the viral "Harlem Shake." Countless videos have popped up where one person starts dancing, then the camera cuts to a large group dancing, many in costume.

Bulls 93, 76ers 82

PHILADELPHIA (82): Turner 6-16 0-1 12, T.Young 4-13 1-4 9, Hawes 7-18 6-6 20, Holiday 10-19 1-3 22, N.Young 1-6 2-2 5, Wright 2-4 1-3 7, Allen 1-4 0-0 2, Pargo 0-3 1-2 1, Moultrie 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 33-85 12-21 82.

CHICAGO (93): Deng 5-14 2-3 12, Boozer 5-13 11-12 21, Noah 8-12 7-9 23, Hinrich 5-15 4-5 15, Belinelli 3-10 0-0 6, Butler 2-5 1-2 5, Robinson 3-11 1-2 9, Mohammed 1-2 0-0 2, Cook 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-83 26-33 93.

Philadelphia 22 17 23 20— 82

Chicago 23 22 23 25— 93

3-Point GoalsPhi. 4-11 (Wright 2-4, N.Young 1-1, Holiday 1-4, Turner 0-1, Hawes 0-1), Chi. 3-14 (Robinson 2-3, Hinrich 1-5, Butler 0-1, Deng 0-2, Belinelli 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhi. 58 (Hawes 15), Chi. 61 (Noah 21). AssistsPhi. 16 (Turner 4), Chicago 19 (Hinrich 6). Total FoulsPhi. 24, Chicago 12. A21,576.

Clippers 99, Pacers 91

L.A. CLIPPERS (99): Butler 1-9 0-0 2, Griffin 7-10 4-5 18, Jordan 2-3 0-0 4, Paul 11-18 6-6 29, Billups 1-6 0-0 3, Odom 2-8 2-4 6, Crawford 9-16 4-4 23, Barnes 1-3 0-0 2, Turiaf 2-3 1-2 5, Bledsoe 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 39-80 17-21 99.

INDIANA (91): George 7-18 2-2 20, West 5-14 11-14 22, Mahinmi 2-3 1-1 5, Ge.Hill 4-12 2-4 12, Stephenson 7-8 1-2 16, Pendergraph 1-3 0-0 2, Granger 5-10 1-2 12, T.Hansbrough 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Augustin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 18-25 91.

L.A. Clippers 26 23 27 23— 99

Indiana 25 22 22 22— 91

3-Point GoalsL.A. 4-23 (Bledsoe 1-1, Crawford 1-2, Paul 1-3, Billups 1-6, Barnes 0-2, Odom 0-3, Butler 0-6), Ind. 9-25 (George 4-11, Ge.Hill 2-7, West 1-1, Stephenson 1-1, Granger 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Augustin 0-2). RebsL.A. 43 (Griffin 14), Ind. 52 (Pendergraph, Stephenson 7). AstsL.A. 18 (Paul 8), Ind. 18 (George 5). FoulsL.A. 26, Ind. 22. Flg fouls—Barnes. A — 18,165.

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