CHICAGO – Joakim Noah had 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 94-82 on Thursday night.
Carlos Boozer added 16 points, Luol Deng 14, Taj Gibson 12, Mike Dunleavy 11 and Jimmy Butler 10 as the balanced Bulls snapped a two-game skid at home. They have two remaining on a four-game homestand.
Noah had nine assists early in the fourth quarter, but couldnt get another and fell just short of a triple-double. Butler missed a jumper with 8 seconds left, Noahs last chance at reaching 10 assists.
The Bulls (13-18) passed the Celtics (13-19) for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jordan Crawford led the Celtics, who have lost two straight, with 22 points.
The Bulls had dropped six of seven home games to fall to 7-7 at the United Center this season. Worse, five of the six losses came against teams with losing records at the time of the game. That stretch began two days after Chicago scored a 20-point home win against defending champion Miami. The Bulls also have a 16-point home win against Indiana, the club with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
CAVALIERS 87, MAGIC 81, OT: In Cleveland, Anderson Varejao hit two crucial jumpers in overtime and tied a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds to lead Cleveland, which broke a season-high six-game losing streak while playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (bruised left knee)
WARRIORS 123, HEAT 114: In Miami, Stephen Curry scored 36 points and handed out 12 assists, and David Lee scored 32 points as Golden State extended the NBAs longest current winning streak to seven games.
LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Heat, which had all five starters in double figures.
NETS 95, THUNDER 93: In Oklahoma City, Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give Brooklyn a comeback victory and cap an improbable rally from a 16-point second-half deficit.
The Nets were led by a season-high 29 points from point guard Deron Williams.