Friday , Mar , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Joakim Noah Puts on a Show in Chicago


The booing for Ben Wallace sounded as half-hearted as many of the Bulls’ efforts this season.How fitting, though, that on the Thursday night Wallace returned to the United Center in a Cavaliers uniform, the Bulls staged one of their most spirited efforts. And the man who essentially replaced Wallace was up to his primal-screaming best.Joakim Noah grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds and added 13 points as the Bulls made Wallace, Joe Smith and the Cavaliers disappear with a 107-96 victory.

Even LeBron James’ 39 points failed to carry their typical pop because 26 of them came before halftime. ‘The way we won was kind of like the Chicago Bulls of the last couple of seasons," interim coach Jim Boylan said. "Our defense in the second half was outstanding. Our rebounding was great.’ Nobody was more active than Noah, whose 10 offensive rebounds helped the Bulls snag 21 of their 56 boards on the offensive end. That led to 25 second-chance points. Click here for more from the Chicago Tribune.