Deng, Boozer score 21 as Bulls beat Celtics 100-89


Deng, Boozer score 21 as Bulls beat Celtics 100-89

CHICAGO (AP) Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-89 on Tuesday night.

Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.

Nate Robinson scored 18 points for Chicago and keyed a fourth-quarter surge that put the game out of reach.

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 26 points and eight assists. Paul Pierce added 16 points.

The Celtics have lost a season-high three straight games, all on the road.

The Bulls improved to 4-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. Chicago bounced back from an 80-71 loss in Memphis on Monday, putting up their lowest point total in five seasons.

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Markieff Morris on Wizards' veterans: 'Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle'

Markieff Morris on Wizards' veterans: 'Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle'

The Wizards practiced what they have been preaching for weeks on Thursday night in their 92-85 win over the Denver Nuggets. For one night, there were no complaints about their focus and effort on the defensive end. It's a subject that John Wall and Scott Brooks, in particular, have harped on recently.

Wall himself saw improvement, afterwards saying: "I think we just played harder in the second half, that's the reason we came out with a win."

The Wizards saw against the Nuggets what can happen if they lock down on defense despite not having a great shooting night. The Wizards scored just 92 points and at times were cold on the offensive end. They shot just 36.5 percent in the first quarter.

"We've talked about us not playing hard, but it's really about being in the right spots," forward Markieff Morris said. "Some nights guys are just not gonna have it and other guys have to step up. That's what a team is."

While on the subject, Morris further discussed how the Wizards veteran core helps hold the team accountable. Brooks said earlier on Thursday that he likes seeing players communicate their differences and Morris considers himself a part of the leadership structure in a very specific way.

"It's a collective group. We're kind of a relatively young team. So, it's like Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle. What he says, I will press it to them. Him and [Bradley] Beal, they're the leaders of the team and we just go as they go," Morris said.

"We talk about accountability all the time. At the end of the day, this is your job. You've gotta come to work just like everybody else. That's what you've gotta do on great teams is hold everybody accountable. Everybody's gotta do their job."


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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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