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Noah does it all in Bulls victory

CHICAGO — Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 and the Bulls beat the Nets 96-85 Saturday.

The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into the third, giving them an 18-point lead. They opened March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February, just their second losing month in 2½ seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau.

Noah, a former star at Florida, followed up the third triple double of his career with another terrific performance that also included four blocks. He committed five turnovers, but it was still an impressive followup to Thursday's gem, when he had 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks in a win over Philadelphia.

Boozer added eight rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 13, and Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich had 12 apiece for the Bulls.

Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points — 14 in the first quarter — as the Nets fell for the fourth time in five games.

Game highlights: Monta Ellis had six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings added five apiece in the extra period to lead the host Bucks past the Raptors 122-114. … Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the host 76ers snapped a seven-game skid by besting the Warriors 104-97. Philadelphia remained six games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Ankle sprain to sideline Spurs star Parker a month

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Spurs guard Tony Parker will be out for about a month with a left ankle sprain.

Parker, the team leader in assists averaging 7.6 a game, was hurt in the third quarter of Friday night's win over the Kings. An MRI exam showed Parker had a Grade 2 sprain and would be out for about four weeks, the team said.

World Peace on defensive: Lakers forward Metta World Peace fired back at Nuggets coach George Karl, who criticized him for a foul Monday that the league later ruled a flagrant-2. "George Karl knows, come on," World Peace said Saturday, espn.com reported. "It's not like I brought this aggression to the league. … The Bill Laimbeers and the (Dennis) Rodmans, they play hard and they weren't trying to hurt anybody."

Heat re-sign 40-year-old Howard: Juwan Howard, part of the Heat's championship team last season, rejoined Miami on a 10-day contract. Howard, 40, was expected to be with the team today in New York for its game against the Knicks.

Bulls: Veteran forward Lou Amundson, 30, signed a 10-day contract.

Bulls 96, Nets 85

BROOKLYN (85): Wallace 3-7 1-3 8, Evans 0-2 0-0 0, Lopez 9-16 4-5 22, Williams 4-12 5-5 14, Johnson 5-10 0-0 11, Bogans 0-0 0-0 0, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 3-7 0-0 7, Blatche 4-10 5-6 13, Brooks 0-0 0-2 0, Teletovic 4-7 0-0 9, Taylor 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 32-72 16-23 85.

CHICAGO (96): Deng 3-10 2-2 8, Boozer 9-16 2-2 20, Noah 10-13 1-1 21, Hinrich 5-8 0-0 12, Belinelli 2-7 2-2 7, Robinson 4-9 2-2 12, Butler 4-7 5-5 13, Cook 1-3 0-0 3, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-73 14-14 96.

Brooklyn 27 12 20 26— 85

Chicago 27 26 24 19— 96

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 5-15 (Wallace 1-1, Teletovic 1-2, Watson 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Williams 1-5, Blatche 0-1), Chicago 6-15 (Hinrich 2-3, Robinson 2-5, Cook 1-1, Belinelli 1-2, Butler 0-1, Noah 0-1, Deng 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 44 (Evans 10), Chicago 38 (Noah 10). AssistsBrooklyn 19 (Williams 6), Chicago 25 (Noah 5). Total FoulsBrooklyn 20, Chicago 24. TechnicalsNoah. A22,414 (20,917).

76ers 104, Warriors 97

GOLDEN STATE (97): Barnes 2-7 1-1 5, Lee 6-14 1-2 13, Ezeli 1-4 0-0 2, Curry 11-20 5-7 30, Thompson 11-18 0-0 29, Jack 3-13 0-0 6, Landry 2-7 8-9 12, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Bazemore 0-1 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-86 15-19 97.

PHILADELPHIA (104): Turner 10-15 0-2 22, T.Young 7-15 0-0 14, Hawes 0-9 0-0 0, Holiday 11-20 2-2 27, Ivey 6-6 1-3 17, Allen 2-7 0-0 4, Pargo 1-2 1-2 3, Wright 5-9 0-0 13, Moultrie 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 44-85 4-9 104.

Golden State 31 23 27 16— 97

Philadelphia 20 31 31 22— 104

3-Point GoalsGolden State 10-26 (Thompson 7-12, Curry 3-9, Barnes 0-1, Bazemore 0-1, Jack 0-3), Philadelphia 12-18 (Ivey 4-4, Wright 3-5, Holiday 3-5, Turner 2-3, Pargo 0-1). ReboundsGolden State 45 (Lee 16), Philadelphia 55 (T.Young 16). AssistsGolden State 22 (Curry 8), Philadelphia 29 (Turner 9). Total FoulsGolden State 14, Philadelphia 18. TechnicalsHawes. A17,929 (20,328).

Bucks 122, Raptors 114, OT

TORONTO (114): Fields 7-13 1-1 15, Johnson 9-11 1-2 19, Bargnani 4-14 2-2 11, Lowry 4-7 0-0 10, DeRozan 6-21 6-8 18, Lucas 6-9 0-0 16, Valanciunas 2-5 0-0 4, Anderson 8-20 4-5 21, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-100 14-18 114.

MILWAUKEE (122): Mbah a Moute 2-5 6-10 10, Ilyasova 12-21 5-5 29, Sanders 6-8 1-1 13, Jennings 3-12 4-4 11, Ellis 9-18 5-6 23, Dunleavy 3-7 0-0 8, Dalembert 1-3 0-0 2, Redick 6-12 2-2 16, Henson 4-5 0-0 8, Udoh 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 46-92 25-30 122.

Toronto 32 23 19 30 10— 114

Milwaukee 23 31 28 22 18— 122

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-22 (Lucas 4-5, Lowry 2-4, Bargnani 1-3, Anderson 1-8, Fields 0-2), Milwaukee 5-14 (Dunleavy 2-3, Redick 2-6, Jennings 1-2, Ilyasova 0-3). Fouled OutDeRozan, Johnson. ReboundsToronto 53 (Lowry 10), Milwaukee 56 (Sanders 12). AssistsToronto 28 (Lowry 10), Milwaukee 32 (Jennings 19). Total FoulsToronto 26, Milwaukee 20. A16,165 (18,717).

Noah does it all in Bulls victory 03/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:20am]

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