Bulls' Noah earns second career triple-double in win over C's

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Bulls' Noah earns second career triple-double in win over C's

CHICAGO There was a triple-double on the floor of Boston's game against Chicago, and the one doing it was not named Rajon Rondo.

In fact, he wasn't even a guard.

It was Chicago center Joakim Noah who tallied his second career triple-double in leading the Bulls to a 100-89 win over Boston.

Noah, just the second center in Bulls history with more than one triple-double in a Chicago uniform, had 11 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has always thought highly of Noah's overall game which is on display even more now with Derrick Rose still out.

"Noah is terrific," Rivers said. "He's such a great passer. At times without Rose, we really consider him their point guard. He makes their decisions, he bails them out ... he's just an extremely high IQ basketball player. And it's getting higher and higher."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau loves the versatility that Noah brings to the floor.

"His skill set is so unique," said Thibodeau, a former Celtics assistant coach. "It gives you the opportunity to play thru the elbows more and make it more of a cutting game."

And when the Bulls did that, the Celtics were indeed sliced up time and time and time again by Noah either finding teammates for lay-ups, open shots or getting his own offense going.

"I'm always looking to pass," said Noah who became the first Bulls center since Tom Boerwinkle to have at least two triple-doubles for Chicago. "I feel pretty comfortable up top and Carlos (Boozer) is a good finisher on the inside and I'm looking for him."