ORLANDO, FLORIDA – It’s no secret that the Chicago Bulls gave up a lot of talent when they decided to trade away Luol Deng last week.
What the Bulls have shown since he left, though, is that there is still plenty of fight left in the players that remain on the roster.
Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points and 19 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and the Bulls held on to beat the Orlando Magic 128-125 in triple-overtime on Wednesday night.
“The only thing it defines is us going on a plane right now a lot happier,” Noah said. “There’s nothing better than winning a basketball game. It feels good. We know we didn’t play great basketball tonight but we found a way.
“We came back from the dead, a lot of people stepped up.”
The Magic had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but Glen Davis’ jumper was partially blocked and rebounded by the Bulls with just 1.5 seconds remaining.
The game featured 20 lead changes and 14 ties and lasted just over 3 hours. Nine players logged over 40 minutes. That included Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, who played a franchise-record 60 minutes and finished with 21 points.
Victor Oladipo had a career-high 35 points for Orlando.
Wizards 114, Heat 97
In Washington, the Wizards had a 34-point lead against the Miami reduced to single digits before holding on for a win in Heat center Greg Oden’s first game in more than four years.
Nuggets 123, Warriors 116
In Oakland, Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and J.J. Hickson had a season-high 24 rebounds.
Suns 121, Lakers 114
In Phoenix, Gerald Green had a strong second half to finish with a season-best 28 points and lead the Suns past Los Angeles.
Rockets 103, Pelicans 100
In New Orleans, James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and Houston beat the reeling Pelicans for its third straight victory.
Grizzlies 82, Bucks 77
In Milwaukee, Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points for Memphis.
Spurs 109, Jazz 105
In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists.
Kings 111, Timberwolves 108
In Minneapolis, Sacramento’s Rudy Gay had 33 points, five boards and six assists.
Celtics 88, Raptors 83
In Boston, Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, and the Celtics snapped a nine-game skid.
76ers 95, Bobcats 92
In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left.
Trail Blazers 108, Cavaliers 96
In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 18 rebounds against Cleveland.
Clippers 129, Mavericks 127
In Los Angeles, J.J. Redick scored a career-high 33 points for the Clippers.