2nd quarter recap: Bulls 55, Sixers 47

May, 1, 2012
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah's guns were blazing in the first half.

Noah did a bit of everything for the Bulls in the first half. He, of course, rebounded and scored inside. But he didn't stop there. He showed off a bit of his handles and passing ability as broke the ankles of Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young on a drive in the second quarter and passed it off to Carlos Boozer for an open baseline jumper.

Noah even knocked down three perimeter jumpers, and each time went to his trademark finger pistol shooting. He had 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal at the half.

Behind Noah's play and the hot second-quarter shooting of point guard John Lucas III, the Bulls closed the second quarter on a 16-8 run and took a 55-47 lead into halftime.

Lucas struggled with his jumper to start the quarter, but he came on as time passed. He hit 5-of-8 shots in the first half and scored 11 points, all in the second quarter.

The one bring spot for the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half was Jrue Holiday. Holiday took advantage of the Bulls being without Derrick Rose on Tuesday. After scoring 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting in the 76ers' Game 1 loss, Holiday couldn't miss on Tuesday. He hit seven of eight shots in the first half and scored a game-high 17 points.

The Bulls had 16 assists on 24 field goals in the first half. They also out-rebounded the 76ers 20-16. The 76ers had seven turnovers compared to the Bulls' four.

The Bulls had six players with five or more points in the first half.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.4 3.2 1.8 39.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.8
AssistsD. Rose 4.9
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksP. Gasol 2.2