Joakim Noah fueling Bulls' recent success

Joakim Noah fueling Bulls' recent success
March 3, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Christian Arnold

NEW YORK — The Bulls will look to stay in a New York State of Mind on Monday night as they take on the Nets in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, the Bulls blew out the Knicks at United Center, thanks in part to the play of Joakim Noah. He recorded his fifth career triple-double, and his second of the season, in the 109-90 win.

There was some concern after he revealed he had hurt his ankle on Sunday, but the six-year pro will play in Monday’s game.

Noah has averaged 14.6 points per game in his last 10 contests and had a career high in assists against the Knicks with 14. Through his last 11 games, he has recorded 71 assists and turned the ball over just 28 times.

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“Any time you can get somebody who can pass the way he’s been passing it makes everyone else better,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. “And that’s why when you have the skill set of a big that can play away from the basket and create easy offense, it’s a huge plus.

“That’s one of his great strengths. I think each year he’s gotten better and he strives for improvement. He’s not satisfied, but the most important thing is what he’s doing for our team.”

The Bulls will look for their fourth win in a row and 10th victory in their last 11 games.