Unlike openly emotional 76ers coach Doug Collins, Tom Thibodeau wears his monotone on his sleeve during trying times.
Know your job. Do your job. The Bulls have more than enough with which to win. Thibodeau trots out all his favorite talking points, opting to fight complacency with consistency.
Both teams have fallen on hard times, but the Bulls closed their disappointing February with a semblance of normalcy. Behind an all-over-the-place performance from Joakim Noah, the Bulls sent the 76ers to their seventh straight loss with a 93-82 triumph at the United Center.
Thibodeau has implored his team for greater intensity and the Bulls, particularly Noah, delivered. Noah notched the rare points-rebounds-blocks triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks as the Bulls posted their first season sweep of the 76ers since 1996-97.
Noah's ninth block directly led to Nate Robinson's 3-pointer for an 80-71 lead with 6 minutes, 17 seconds left.
According to Bulls' radio producer Jeff Mangurten, who supplies statistical information for the flagship broadcast, Artis Gilmore is the last Bulls' center to post such a triple-double with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks on Dec. 20, 1977. Mangurten also reports Noah is the first NBA player to record a 20 point, 20 rebound, 10 block game since Shawn Bradley on April 7, 1998.
Noah leads Bulls to 93-82 victory
Chicago Tribune | Mar 1