Joakim Noah leads Chicago past Brooklyn

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Philadelphia's Evan Turner is fouled by Golden State's Stephen Curry. Turner was one assist shy of a triple-double.  H. RUMPH JR./ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Philadelphia's Evan Turner is fouled by Golden State's Stephen Curry. Turner was one assist shy of a triple-double.

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

The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into 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 followed up the third triple-double of his career with another terrific performance that also included four blocks. He committed five turnovers, but even so it sure was an impressive follow-up 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 had 13 points, Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich scored 12 apiece, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping seven of 10.

76ERS 104, WARRIORS 97

In Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue Holiday scored 27, and the 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory over Golden State.

Thad Young had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Royal Ivey chipped in with 17 points for the Sixers, who are 5½ games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 25 games left.

Stephen Curry scored 30 and Klay Thompson added 29 for the Warriors, who have lost four in a row.

BUCKS 122, RAPTORS 111 (OT)

In Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bucks over Toronto in overtime.

Larry Sanders added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Jennings had 19 assists.

Alan Anderson scored 21 points to lead Toronto.

SPURS: Guard Tony Parker will be out for about a month with a left ankle sprain.

Parker, the team’s leading assist man, injured the ankle in the third period of Friday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings.

The team said that an MRI showed Parker had a Grade 2 left ankle sprain, and will be out for “approximately four weeks.”

The 30-year-old Parker closed out February averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 assists and had shot 54 percent from the field.

On Friday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker was “playing better than any other point guard in the league” this year, and that the team would miss him.


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