After struggling in recent games the Chicago Bulls needed a signature victory on Friday night, and got one with a stunning 96-89 victory over the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. According to Joakim Noah, it was the Bulls' biggest win of the season, with the Chicago forward telling ESPNChicago.com:
"We needed it," Noah said. "We haven't been playing our best basketball and this is probably our biggest win of the year against the defending champs. It feels good."
Noah finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Miami, while Carlos Boozer added 27 points and 12 rebounds as well.
And for Chicago, the win may have validated a struggling club, which is still without former MVP Derrick Rose. The Bulls recently lost to the Charlotte Bobcats (breaking the Bobcats' 18-game losing streak in the process) and also struggled to defeat the Orlando Magic, beating them 96-94 on Wednesday night.
Many Chicago players, including Kirk Hinrich, hope Friday night was a turning point in the season. Here is what he had to say to ESPNChicago.com:
"I'm not saying this is it, or it isn't it, but in any season I think there's turning points and wins or losses in the season that can definitely give you momentum," Hinrich said.
The Bulls will next take the court Monday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.