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Noah, Bulls hold off Nets 83-82

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15:  Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls goes to the basket against Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets on December 15, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 15: Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls goes to the basket against Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets on December 15, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and helped force a key turnover Saturday night as the Chicago Bulls
held off the Brooklyn Nets 83-82.
Deron Williams missed a jumper with five seconds for the Nets that would’ve tied it. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.
Noah and Luol Deng trapped Joe Johnson late in the game, resulting in one of Brooklyn’s 18 turnovers. Deng turned the
mistake into a basket that tied it at 79.
Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes for Brooklyn, which played for the fourth time in five days. The Nets
won at home Friday night, beating Detroit 107-105 in double overtime.
Marco Belinelli led Chicago with 19 points and made two free throws to cap an 8-0 run in the closing minutes. He also hit the
Bulls’ only 3-pointers of the game _ Chicago shot 2 of 10 on 3s overall.
Deng scored 17 points and Carlos Boozer added 15 for Chicago.
Williams, who played 43 minutes the night before, was on the court for 35 minutes against Chicago and created plenty of problems
for the short-handed Bulls.
Missing starter Kirk Hinrich, Chicago used Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague on Williams, who took full advantage. Robinson and
Teague went back and forth to the bench for spells due to foul trouble. Williams scored a game-high 24 points, 10 of them from
foul line.
Johnson scored 16 points in 38 minutes. On Friday night, he played 52 minutes and hit a buzzer-beater for the win.
Lopez played 25 minutes in his second game back since an injured right foot cost him seven games. He seemed to be the least-sluggish
of the Nets on the floor at the start, hitting his first five shots and scoring Brooklyn’s first six points.
Williams hit two free throws to cap a 13-point first quarter and give the Nets a one-point advantage.
Robinson ignited the crowd with a hustle play in the first quarter, running back after making a layup to block MarShon Brooks’
bid to catch the Bulls off-guard.
Robinson scored eight points and committed only one turnover starting in place of Hinrich.
NOTES: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich is “getting
better, but not quite there yet.” He was reluctant to specify
anything beyond Hinrich’s day-to-day status. … Nets F Gerald
Wallace, who scored a season-high 25 points in 50 minutes Friday
night, scored six points in 38 minutes.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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