Noah gets caught up in thrill of victory

January, 11, 2013
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AP Photo/Bill KostrounJoakim Noah, who scored nine points in Friday's win, wishes the Bulls could play in Madison Square Garden more often.
NEW YORK -- Joakim Noah feeds off his emotion, so the Chicago Bulls big man couldn't keep all his feelings in check Friday night.

After hitting a jumper in the second quarter, Noah brought back his finger guns and holstered them as he jogged back down the floor. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, the veteran center said he would stop celebrating with the guns, but he couldn't help himself against the New York Knicks. He sounded remorseful about the gesture after the game.

"I just got too hyped," Noah said. "But I'll try to (take) it down."

Having been born in the New York City area, Noah was understandably excited about the victory.

"It feels great," he said. "Just being able to play at home in front of my family and friends. I think it was a big game, a lot of people watching, and everybody was saying the Knicks was going to get revenge from what happened last time. Nuh nuh nuh, nuh nuh, nuh nuh nuh, and came back, held it down again."


Noah, like the rest of his teammates, believes the Bulls can be dangerous if they stay healthy and get Derrick Rose back in the near future.

"I think it makes us tough," he said. "We just got to keep going, keep getting better, keep getting dubs, and then we know eventually when the time is right and when Pooh's healthy, we know that there's another gear and that's a good feeling."

Novak not happy with Robinson celebration: For the second consecutive game in Madison Square Garden, Bulls guard Nate Robinson hit a 3-pointer and celebrated by doing the "Discount Double Check" that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made popular and Knicks guard Steve Novak, a Packers fan, helped bring to New York City. Novak did not appreciate Robinson's display after it was over.

"It warms my heart, it really does," Novak said. "The best part about doing the belt is hearing the stories of all the little kids around the world that hit a 3-pointer and do the belt. You know, one day when little Nathan grows up, I hope that his dreams come true and he can be just like me ... someday I hope that little Nathan can grow up and all of his dreams can come true and he can be just like me ... it was extremely heartwarming."

The last word: Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony on losing to the Bulls again: "They beat us three times. At this point, it is onto the next one. We are not worried about Chicago at this point. They do what they do and we will see them again."

ESPNNewYork's Ian Begley contributed to this report.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5