Sunday, May 5, 2013

Joakim Noah throws down nasty dunk to lead Bulls over Nets

If anything epitomized the Brooklyn Nets' lackadaisical effort and the Chicago Bulls' determination to win Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, it was this nasty dunk by Joakim Noah.

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.

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