Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Loul Deng #9 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls battle for rebound position with Spencer Hawes #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The 76ers defeated the Bulls 109-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls gutted out a win against a much fresher Philadelphia 76ers team, and Joakim Noah was right in the middle of all of it.

Noah led the Bulls, who got into Philadelphia at 4:30 a.m. after losing a tough game against the L.A. Clippers the night before, with 21 points, five assists and seven rebounds. He even hit all seven of his foul shots, including a handful to ice the game down the stretch.

Luol Deng, the NBA's leader in minutes per game, played a modest 37 tonight in a solid comeback performance after a rough game against the Clippers. He tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Sixers looke like the more energetic team early, as they consistently beat the Bulls down the floor in the first half. Overall, they definitely won some battles in the hustle war, notably pulling down 14 offensive boards in the game.

But, Chicago did what it does best on the defensive end in the second half, limiting the Sixers' transition opportunities and forcing them to settle for contested long twos.

Jrue Holiday topped the Sixers with 26 points in a losing effort.

It wasn't pretty, but the Bulls notched a truly impressive victory on a night when nobody would have faulted them for succumbing to a rough schedule and a short bench. The Sixers have to be a little disappointed, but Chicago simply wanted this one more.

Final Score: Bulls 96, Sixers 89