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Joakim Noah saves ball, Belinelli grabs it and wins it for Bulls (VIDEO)

Jan 24, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

This play sums up well why the Bulls are still winning despite being without the league MVP all season — hustle isn’t always pretty but it usually works.

The Bulls and Pistons were tied 82-82 with 14 seconds left, Chicago guard Nate Robinson had the ball when Marco Belinelli started a cut to the basket then retreated quickly to the corner. Robinson got him the ball and a good look, one that was well short and grazed the front of the rim. It started to bounce out of bounds.

Joakim Noah had run over his man (no call) and was in position for the rebound. But the ball bounced the other way and that’s when Noah made the play of the game — he chased it down, somehow saved it and when he threw it back in it bounced right to Belinelli slashing to the hoop. Belinelli made the layup, got the and-one foul and that was the ballgame. Bulls win.

It was the play of the night.

  1. jhuck92 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    That’s two game-winning buckets for Marco in like… a week.

  2. samonelastains - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Bulls looking good to win that trophy, Rose being hyped to come back soon, let the run of the Bulls begin

  3. asublimeday - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I’m going to just keep saying I told you this wasn’t a throw away year.

  4. hardballtalkusername - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    I like my meatballs spicy!

  5. sillyv6 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Welcome to the all star team mr Noah.

  6. Gordon - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    They were also missing Deng. But I won’t break out the champagne for beating the Pistons. This is the 17th straight time they’ve beat them.

  7. haterhurter937 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    bulls couldnt win it all with 2 healthy D. Roses.

    • bougin89 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Somewhat hypocritical ID.

  8. lmoneyfresh - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    How was it a no call on Noah when the defender fell into him? Anything you can do to discount what was an outstanding hustle play?

  9. raidmagic - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I don’t see a foul on Noah there, he had his hand on the defenders shoulder but there was less contact there than other plays that don’t get called

  10. reasonisthereason - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Andre Drummond would have sent that shot into the 10th row. How was he not in the game? (i’m hoping he was in foul trouble or something.)

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