There was no Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng, no Kirk Hinrich. But the Chicago Bulls had a Game 7 to play, and Joakim Noah was going to carry them through it, even on one foot.

The All-Star center totaled 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as the Bulls beat the host Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in the final game of the NBA playoffs' first round. The Bulls built a big first-half lead, then held on through numerous Nets rallies to conclude a grinding, intense series, the only seven-game showing so far this postseason.

"We fought really hard," Noah said on TNT after the game. "Team of fighters. We're not going to give up. ... Hopefully some of these guys get healthy and help us in the next series."

Then again, the Eastern Conference No. 5 seed Bulls matched up as well as any team in the NBA against the No. 1 Heat this season. They beat the defending champions twice in four meetings, though those victories came with Hinrich and Deng.

Chicago plays tough defense and smart offense, though, and no player is more important than Noah. He battled plantar fasciitis in his right foot but began finding a comfort zone in Game 6, when he had 14 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocks. He took over from the start in Game 7 and totaled 16 points and five rebounds in the first half, as Chicago built a 61-44 lead.

Brooklyn struck back in the third quarter, though, with Gerald Wallace scoring 11 in the period as one of three Nets starters to play the entire quarter. Brooklyn cut the lead to five several times in the fourth quarter but never made its move to take control fully.