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Noah has 20 rebounds as Bulls top Cavs

CHICAGO — Rookie Joakim Noah had a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 13, outplaying Ben Wallace, and the Bulls overcame 39 points from LeBron James to beat the Cavaliers 107-96 Thursday night.

"He kicked our butts," Cavs coach Mike Brown said of Noah.

Wallace, who clashed with Noah before the Bulls traded him to Cleveland, had two points and 10 rebounds. Wallace got some booing from the home crowd while being introduced in his first game back but joked he was disappointed it wasn't louder.

Chicago went on a 17-point run early in the third, and Ben Gordon scored nine straight during a 51-second burst late in the quarter.

CLEVELAND (96): James 13-27 11-12 39, Wallace 1-4 0-0 2, Varejao 2-11 0-0 4, D.Brown 6-12 0-0 15, West 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 1-4 3-6 5, Szczerbiak 4-11 5-6 14, Da.Jones 2-6 1-1 7, Dw.Jones 0-1 1-2 1, B.Thomas 1-1 0-0 3, Dickens 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-84 21-27 96.

CHICAGO (107): Deng 8-18 7-11 23, Gooden 6-12 0-1 12, Noah 5-9 3-4 13, Hinrich 2-12 2-2 6, Hughes 4-12 3-4 12, Gordon 9-16 1-3 23, Nocioni 4-9 1-2 11, Gray 2-2 3-4 7, S.Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-91 20-31 107.

Cleveland 17 34 16 29— 96

Chicago 21 26 34 26— 107

3-Point GoalsCleveland 9-22 (D.Brown 3-4, Da.Jones 2-5, James 2-8, B.Thomas 1-1, Szczerbiak 1-4), Chicago 7-16 (Gordon 4-5, Nocioni 2-4, Hughes 1-3, Hinrich 0-4). Fouled OutD.Brown. ReboundsCleveland 58 (Wallace, Varejao 10), Chicago 61 (Noah 20). AssistsCleveland 16 (D.Brown 4), Chicago 22 (Hinrich 7). Total FoulsCleveland 25, Chicago 24. TechnicalsChicago Coach Boylan. A22,097 (22,467).

Spurs 108, Pacers 97

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili scored 28 as the Spurs won their 11th straight.

The Spurs remained atop the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of the Lakers.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter. Apparently upset about a non-call, he left the bench area, yelling at referee Mark Wunderlich.

INDIANA (97): Dunleavy 6-12 0-0 13, Murphy 4-9 5-8 13, Foster 2-3 1-4 5, Diener 5-10 0-0 11, Granger 9-23 4-4 22, Harrison 4-5 1-2 9, Murray 4-12 2-2 11, Daniels 2-4 1-2 5, Graham 3-3 2-4 8, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-81 16-26 97.

SAN ANTONIO (108): Bowen 2-5 2-2 8, Duncan 3-11 0-1 6, Thomas 3-5 2-2 8, Parker 6-8 6-10 19, Ginobili 10-13 8-9 28, Finley 3-11 4-4 12, Oberto 3-3 0-0 6, Bonner 6-13 2-2 15, Udoka 1-5 2-2 4, Stoudamire 1-5 0-1 2, Vaughn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 26-33 108.

Indiana 27 21 21 28— 97

San Antonio 27 23 34 24— 108

3-Point GoalsIndiana 3-19 (Diener 1-3, Murray 1-3, Dunleavy 1-4, Daniels 0-1, Murphy 0-2, Granger 0-6), San Antonio 6-14 (Bowen 2-3, Finley 2-4, Parker 1-1, Bonner 1-4, Ginobili 0-1, Stoudamire 0-1). Fouled OutMurphy. ReboundsIndiana 43 (Foster, Murphy, Granger 6), San Antonio 57 (Duncan 12). AssistsIndiana 9 (Diener 3), San Antonio 24 (Parker 5). Total FoulsIndiana 27, San Antonio 17. TechnicalsHarrison, Indiana Coach O'Brien, Indiana defensive three second 2, San Antonio Coach Popovich 2. Flagrant Fouls—Murphy. Ejected— San Antonio Coach Popovich. A17,738 (18,797).

RILEY MAY GO ON SCOUTING TRIP: Heat coach Pat Riley said he may miss one or two games next week to scout potential draft picks at NCAA conference tournaments. The Big 12 and Conference USA seem like tournaments of interest — if Kansas State forward Michael Beasley, Texas A&M center DeAndre Jordan and Memphis guard Derrick Rose, all freshmen, declare for the draft, they would likely be top-five picks. Riley would not say which of his assistants would coach in his absence, though Ron Rothstein seems a likely choice.

Bulls 107

Cavs 96

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