Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/12/12
PHILADELPHIA -- Joakim Noah scored 21 points, and Luol Deng notched 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, as the short-handed Chicago Bulls nudged the Philadelphia 76ers, 96-89. Deng also had 12 rebounds for the Bulls (12-9), and Noah contributed seven boards, five assists and three blocks. Marco Belinelli added 16 points and Nate Robinson 14 for Chicago, which has been without have been without star guard Derrick Rose all season because of a knee injury. The Bulls' other starting guard, Rip Hamilton, has missed the last six games with a foot injury, and Kirk Hinrich was unavailable Wednesday because of a bad knee. They nonetheless went on an 11-3 run late in the final period to win for the fourth time in five games. It was also a rematch of a first-round playoff series from last season, won by Philadelphia. Jrue Holiday had 26 points and nine assists for the Sixers (12-10), who lost for the second time in three games. Evan Turner added 16 points, and Thaddeus Young had 13 points and nine rebounds. Jimmy Butler's 3-pointer with 4:31 put Chicago ahead to stay at 82-80. Deng added two free throws after a Sixers turnover, and rookie guard Marquis Teague added a layup with 3:32 remaining to make it 86-80. After a 3-pointer by Philadelphia's Jason Richardson, baskets by Deng and Noah pushed the Chicago lead to 90-83 with 1:19 to play. Holiday scored 16 points in the first half, half of those coming when the Sixers broke out to a 24-19 lead late in the opening quarter. The Bulls responded with a 15-4 run to go up 34-28 in the second period, but by halftime the Sixers had reclaimed the lead, at 44-41. Noah had 10 points in the half for the Bulls, who moved to a 51-49 edge early in the third quarter. The Sixers then scored 11 of the game's next 13 points, four of those by Holiday, to go up 60-53 with 5:13 left in the period. But Chicago again bounced back, and Noah's three-point play with 22.6 seconds left in the quarter gave the Bulls a 69-66 lead. The Sixers went back on top early in the fourth quarter, the last time at 80-79 on Holiday's jumper with 5:31 remaining. But Butler made his 3-pointer a minute later, giving Chicago the lead for good. NOTES: Robinson started for Chicago at guard in place of Hinrich, who was inactive after injuring his left knee during Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. ... The Bulls' Rip Hamilton missed his sixth consecutive game with a torn plantar fascia of the left foot. ... Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau on the Sixers' play without center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of sore knees: "Philly has a very well-balanced team. They share the ball. They play hard defensively. They give themselves a chance to win every night." ... Sixers coach Doug Collins said he was "very sad" when Bulls star Derrick Rose injured his knee in Game One of last year's playoff series between the two teams. "Derrick Rose is a shining star and a bright light in the NBA," Collins said, "and we miss him. He plays the game the way you're supposed to play it every night. He plays to win."
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