The Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons on Friday night behind a career night from Joakim Noah.
Joakim Noah has established himself as the Chicago Bulls' best player this season, and on Friday night in Detroit Noah produced his signature performance of the season: a 30-point, 23-rebound, six-assist effort against the Pistons. That it came in a 108-104 victory in which the Bulls had to erase a 16-point deficit makes it even more impressive, as does the surrounding context: with games against the Knicks, Clippers, Nets, Grizzlies and Celtics looming, the Bulls couldn't afford to slip-up in Detroit.
Instead, Noah's career night fueled the victory and moved Chicago to 10-8. He didn't do it alone. Carlos Boozer had a great game (24 points), Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli each scored 16 and our boy Kirk Hinrich turned in his best game of the season, finishing with 13 points and six assists on 4-of-5 shooting.
But it was all about Noah. The video above has every Noah field goal, rebound and assist on the night. Watch as he abuses the Detroit bigs on the glass, throws a few very impressive passes and shows great touch around the rim. That Noah put up 30 points with only two 'tornado' jumpers is a testament to his offensive discipline: he knew he could bully Greg Monroe and Charlie Villanueva inside all night, and he did just that.