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Noah: We got our (butts) kicked

5/2/2012
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Joakim Noah was one of the few Chicago Bulls players who could walk out of the United Center on Tuesday with the satisfaction of having contributed strong numbers, but he wasn't in the mood.

Noah led the Bulls with 21 points and eight rebounds, but the Philadelphia 76ers outscored the Bulls 52-32 in the paint en route to a 109-92 victory. The series is even and moves to Philly for Game 3 on Friday.

"It was a disappointing effort overall," Noah said. "We didn't play well defensively, we didn't play well offensively.

"We got our (butts) kicked."

Noah thought the loss had more to do with what the Bulls didn't do than with what the 76ers were able to accomplish.

"The 76ers are good, but this is about us," Noah said. "What is the feeling in the locker room? We feel frustration but we live to fight another day."