When it comes to needing energy, teams could do worse than Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson. Some of Robinson's even occasionally comes in productive fashion on the court.

Robinson's post-basket histrionics — and questionable shot selection — were in full effect during the Bulls' 96-85 victory over the Nets Saturday night, but he injected life into a game-turning run and scored 12 points off the bench.

Noah picked up where he left off from his historic game Thursday night against the 76ers as he seemingly everywhere on the United Center floor with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Noah said. "It feels good to win. We're playing better. We just have to keep grinding."

The victory allowed the Bulls to pass the Nets by half a game and they are within percentage points of the Hawks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a large showdown on tap Sunday against the No. 3 Pacers in Indianapolis.

Not that the Bulls are skipping steps or anything, a no-no in coach Tom Thibodeau's world.

"As you come down the stretch, there are a lot of head-to-head games because most of your out-of-conference games are over with," Thibodeau said. "But the bigger concern is the daily improvement, playing your best down the stretch and being as healthy as possible so you stay focused on that.

"You want to continue to build the right habits that will give you your best chance at the end."