Noah's double double leads Bulls past Nets

Paul Pierce, left, and the Nets struggle against the Bulls and Joakim Noah, who finishes with his fifth straight double double.

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Paul Pierce, left, and the Nets struggle against the Bulls and Joakim Noah, who finishes with his fifth straight double double.

CHICAGO — Taj Gibson scored 16 and Carlos Boozer returned from an injury to add 15 in the Bulls' 92-76 victory over the Nets on Thursday.

Boozer missed the past three games because of a strained left calf. Boozer played 28 minutes, scoring 15 with 10 rebounds.

Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double double. The former Gator standout was three assists away from his second triple double in two days. The Bulls (27-25) moved two games above .500 for the first time since they were 6-4 on Nov. 21. They have won four of five.

Paul Pierce led Brooklyn with 15 points. The Nets are 24-27, going 14-6 since Jan. 1.

The Nets pulled within three on Andrei Kirilenko's 3-pointer with 6:29 left. D.J. Augustin answered with a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 Chicago run. The Bulls shot 50 percent to the Nets' 38.8.

LATE WEDNESDAY: LeBron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to propel the visiting Heat past the Warriors 111-110. "I was going for the win the whole time," James said.

With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched with nerve irritation in his left foot, James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

After Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, James got the ball in the halfcourt and made a fadeaway 27-footer with two-tenths of a second left. "Better offense," James said, "beats better defense every time."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Lakers guard Steve Nash did not play against the Thunder because of nerve irritation in his back and hamstrings stemming from a collision Sunday. Nash, 40, did not participate in any oncourt drills, and the Lakers had just eight players available. Forward Xavier Henry will be out at least another four weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. … Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was selected as an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant in the All-Star Game at New Orleans. Davis is averaging 20.5 points with 10.1 rebounds.

Bulls 92, Nets 76

BROOKLYN (76): Johnson 4-14 3-5 11, Pierce 4-11 5-7 15, Garnett 2-3 0-0 4, Williams 4-14 5-5 13, Livingston 4-6 2-4 10, Blatche 3-9 2-2 8, Anderson 2-5 0-0 6, Teletovic 0-0 0-0 0, Terry 0-2 0-0 0, Plumlee 0-0 1-2 1, Kirilenko 3-3 1-3 8. Totals 26-67 19-28 76.

CHICAGO (92): Dunleavy 4-11 3-3 14, Boozer 7-13 1-1 15, Noah 6-10 2-3 14, Hinrich 3-8 3-4 9, Butler 6-8 2-2 14, Augustin 1-4 5-5 8, Gibson 7-14 2-3 16, Snell 0-1 0-0 0, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-70 18-21 92.

Brooklyn 19 22 20 15— 76

Chicago 29 20 20 23— 92

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 5-17 (Anderson 2-3, Pierce 2-5, Kirilenko 1-1, Blatche 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Williams 0-4), Chicago 4-14 (Dunleavy 3-7, Augustin 1-3, Snell 0-1, Gibson 0-1, Hinrich 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 38 (Garnett 7), Chicago 50 (Noah 13). AssistsBrooklyn 12 (Williams 5), Chicago 26 (Hinrich, Noah 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 21, Chicago 23. TechnicalsJohnson, Pierce, Brooklyn defensive three second, Butler, Noah, Chicago defensive three second. A21,500 (20,917).

Noah's double double leads Bulls past Nets 02/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:09am]

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