No Luol Deng. No Kirk Hinrich. No Derrick Rose. No problem for the 6-foot-11 center as he traipsed through the Nets defense like they were Rihanna's background dancers and slammed this third quarter basket. The depleted Bulls went on to a 99-93 victory.
Noah's foot hurt so much two weeks ago, he feared it could keep him out of the series. Too bad the Nets couldn't find a way keep him out of his game — or even this play.
The New York-born Noah screamed, shoved and hustled his way to 24 points and 14 rebounds. Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points to help the Bulls advance to a second-round series against the Miami Heat that tips off Monday night.
"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," Noah said.