Chicago: Centre Joakim Noah continued to shine and the Bulls moved into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings by beating the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 yesterday at the United Center.
On Thursday against Philadelphia, Noah became the first NBA player in 15 years to record at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in a game. Against Brooklyn, Noah produced 21 points, 10 rebounds and hit 10-of-13 shots from the field.
Carlos Boozer added 20 points for Chicago, while Jimmy Butler contributed 13 points off the bench. The Bulls shot 52.1 percent from the field as a team.
The Nets, who lost at home to Dallas on Friday, have now dropped four of their last five games. Center Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points, while guard Deron Williams added 14 and forward Andray Blatche scored 13.
Meanwhile, Ersan Ilyasova scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Bucks took control in overtime for a 122-114 victory over Toronto at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Monta Ellis finished with 23, including a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in overtime to put the Bucks ahead by six. JJ Redick went 6-of-12 from the field to finish with 16 points while Larry Sanders added 13 points with 12 rebounds and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10.
Brandon Jennings scored 11 points and finished with a career-high 19 assists - 10 of them in the first half - for Milwaukee, which had help on 32 of its 46 shots.
Alan Anderson paced the Raptors with 21 points. Demar DeRozan scored 18 while Amir Johnson added 19 with nine rebounds and Landry Fields finished with 15.
Elsewhere, Jrue Holiday scored 27 points and Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Royal Ivey scored a season-high 17 points for the Sixers (23-34), who eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time in 13 games.
Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and it was his basket with 3:18 left, which came after Turner rebounded Holiday’s miss and found Young underneath, that broke a 94-94 tie and put the Sixers ahead to stay.
Turner scored with 2:38 and 2:03 left, pushing the Philadelphia lead to 100-94. And after Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 1:51 left, Holiday had two baskets in the final minute.
Elsewhere, San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker will miss about four weeks of the NBA season with a sprained left ankle, the team announced yesterday after the Frenchman underwent an MRI exam. Parker, who led the Spurs with 21.0 points and 7.6 assists a game, suffered the injury late in the third quarter in Friday’s 130-102 home victory over Sacramento when he landed awkwardly after evading a defender while going for a layup.
The Spurs, have won more than three-quarters of their games with Parker in the line-up.REUTERS