Noah, Bulls hold off Nets 83-82

Noah, Bulls hold off Nets 83-82
December 15, 2012, 10:48 pm
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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, gets a rebound as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, left, and forward Reggie Evans look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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CHICAGO (AP) Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and helped force a key turnover Saturday night as the Chicago Bulls held off the Brooklyn Nets 83-82.

Deron Williams missed a jumper with five seconds for the Nets that would've tied it. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.

Noah and Luol Deng trapped Joe Johnson late in the game, resulting in one of Brooklyn's 18 turnovers. Deng turned the mistake into a basket that tied it at 79.

Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes for Brooklyn, which played for the fourth time in five days. The Nets won at home Friday night, beating Detroit 107-105 in double overtime.