Boozer says he and Noah 'playing great'

January, 5, 2012
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have been inconsistent on the floor early this season, but on Wednesday night they played well together.

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AP Photo/Paul SancyaCarlos Boozer led the Bulls with 19 points and added seven rebounds against the Pistons.
Boozer had 19 points and seven rebounds while Noah chipped in with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' 99-83 win over the Detroit Pistons. After it was over, both made it a point to stand up for their recent performance.

"We've been playing great this season," Boozer said. "I know a lot of ya'll for some reason have been [putting us] under the microscope, but I thought we've been playing great. Our record shows it. Our defense shows it. [We're] playing great defense this season together, and we're sharing the ball good offensively and we're making the right plays. And we're having fun."

Clearly, the pair does not like the criticism that has come their way over the past year, although Noah admitted that both need to be more consistent. In Tuesday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks, Noah and Boozer were benched for all but four seconds of the fourth quarter and struggled to find any kind of rhythm throughout the night.

"The ball movement was really good," Noah noted as the biggest difference. "And the floor spacing was better. And we feel like we still have a lot of work to do. But I guess the ball was coming our way. But I think that sometimes people get caught up in numbers. It's about winning. And at the end of the day, I feel like I can do better and I'm sure Booz feels the same way."

The production from Boozer and Noah was a welcome sight for their Bulls teammates.

"They played great," Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said. "Moving the ball well, passing the ball to each other. They played great together, and that's how they always should play. They always look for each other and that's a good thing, [that] tells you that they like each other. But I think their passing was on target today."

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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