Joakim Noah fell one assist short of his fourth career triple-double Thursday night, and the 6-foot-11 center sounded almost embarrassed by his pursuit of that feat late in a rare comfortable home win by the Chicago Bulls.
“It’s not really good to play basketball that way,” Noah said. “Focusing on your stats is not that cool, but I tried to get it.”
Following the Bulls’ 94-82 victory over the Boston Celtics, no one else in either locker room was about to criticize the focus on statistics at the end because Noah’s playmaking ability was the main reason Chicago had a sizeable lead down the stretch in snapping a two-game home losing streak.
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