Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Bulls end the Phoenix Suns five-game winning streak (101-92) on Feb. 4. Noah was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his profanity-laced tirade aimed at officials during the Bulls 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings (Feb. 3) earlier in the day.
On Monday night, Noah unleashed a burst of invective anger on the game's three referees after picking up his second technical foul and earning an automatic ejection. Noah was so angry, he individually pointed at each of the three game officials and screamed "F--- you!" before being escorted off the floor.
Noah, who apologized after the game, seemed relieved he avoided a suspension. The ejection was Noah’s first of the season and he now has received seven technical fouls. He has been ejected four time in his career.
I think it was fair," he said prior to the Suns game on Tuesday night. "It was a bad mistake on my part. I have to keep my cool under all circumstances. It's unfortunate I have to pay for it. And I have to move on and just get ready for the game."
After shooting just 28.1 percent from the field against the Kings, the Bulls bounced back with a solid performance in their victory over the Suns. Against Phoenix, Chicago shot 45 percent from the field and had five players in double-figures.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls, who are 10-6 since trading away Luol Deng, with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustin added 18 points while Mike Dunleavy chipped in with 11 points.
Noah, who was 7-of-10 from the field, produced his 22nd double-double of the season. He only had four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes against the Kings. Noah was selected to the All-Star game as a reserve for the second straight season.
Chicago (24-24) never trailed in the game and now has won five straight over the Suns. Phoenix (29-19) had trailed only 1:59 in their previous four games.