Center Joakim Noah had a triple-double and ex-Washington Huskies guard Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Chicago Bulls beat Boston 100-89.
CHICAGO — After enjoying one of the most complete games of his career, Joakim Noah might have invented a new position for himself.
Noah posted a triple-double and ex-Washington Huskies guard Nate Robinson played a prominent role in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-89 Tuesday night.
“I take pride in trying to bring energy every night,” Robinson said.
Noah collected 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
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“I always tell people I’m a point-center anyway,” a joking Noah said after the game. “I always feel like I can pass the ball. I feel more comfortable with the offense and we have a lot of people who can score the ball in different ways.”
Robinson scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter; he made 5 of 7 three-point attempts.
“I had to go back to my whole Peter Pan theory, man,” Robinson said. “You can’t fight without happy thoughts.”
Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer had 21 points each for Chicago (14-10).
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau implored his team to play at a faster pace after it lost 80-71 to the Grizzlies on Monday in Memphis.
“They were clearly the tougher, more physical team,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of the Bulls. “They took us out of everything with their effort.”
Rajon Rondo had 26 points for Boston (12-12), which has lost a season-high three in a row.
“We’re going to keep searching,” Rivers said. “This team is not a good team right now. This is who we are right now. A .500 team.”
Nuggets beat Spurs
DENVER — Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points, outlasting Tim Duncan down the stretch and leading the Denver Nuggets over the San Antonio Spurs 112-106.
Duncan had 31 points — also a season best — to go along with 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost four of their last five.
Heat wins at home
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Miami Heat beat Minnesota 103-92 despite getting outrebounded 52-24 by the Timberwolves.
Chris Bosh scored 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat, which gave up 21 of the game’s first 24 rebounds.
• Lou Williams scored a season-high 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta past host Washington 100-95 in overtime.
• David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the host Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans 103-96.
• Kobe Bryant scored four of his 30 points in the final 1:26 and the host Los Angeles Lakers overcame an 18-point third-quarter deficit to edge Charlotte 101-100, handing the Bobcats their 12th straight loss.
Pau Gasol, back after missing eight games with tendinitis in both knees, had 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds in 29:25 for the Lakers, who have won three in a row.