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Noah leads Bulls over Bucks, 87-86

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Associated Press
October 14, 2009
— Joakim Noah had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to an 87-86 preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Hakim Warrick had 25 points for the Bucks, who trailed by eight midway through the fourth quarter and tied the game at 86 with 29 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks.


Jannero Pargo's free throw 5 seconds later gave the Bulls a one-point lead. Chicago’s James Johnson missed two foul shots with 14.1 seconds left.


After a timeout, Dan Gadzuric of the Bucks missed a tip-in and the rebound went out of bounds off a Chicago player with 2.7 seconds left. Gadzuric then missed a jumper from the right side.


The Bulls played without Derrick Rose (ankle), Tyrus Thomas (hip) and Brad Miller (flu).


Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, while Johnson, another rookie, scored all but one of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.


Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points for the Bucks, while Michael Redd had 11 after scoring 18 On Monday in a 96-92 win at Houston.


Rookie guard Brandon Jennings had another rough game, going 2 for 13 from the field for 10 points. That came on the heels of a 1-for-8 showing against the Rockets that convinced coach Scott Skiles to keep starting Luke Ridnour at point guard.


NOTES: Coach Vinny Del Negro said Rose and Thomas are getting better and hopes they can practice Thursday. He did not rule out Thomas playing Wednesday at Minnesota. ... John Salmons, whose wife is close to giving birth to their second child, was planning to make the trip to Minnesota. "Whatever's best for that situation we'll make sure we do the right thing and that he's comfortable with his wife," Del Negro said. "That's just another thing we're monitoring. That could happen anytime." ... The Bucks rested C Andrew Bogut after he played 18 minutes on Monday. He missed the final 31 games last season with an injured lower back.



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