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Thursday, February 13th (All times Eastern)

Brooklyn Nets (24-26) at Chicago Bulls (26-25), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Before the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets head to the All-Star break, the two teams will tip off Thursday at the United Center.

The Bulls have been one of the best in the league since the calendar turned and are 14-7 in 2014. They won for the third time in four tries with Tuesday's 100-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, as Joakim Noah recorded his first triple-double of the season and fourth of his career.

Noah finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 22 of his last 23 games. He is Chicago's lone All-Star.

"Offensively for the last I'd say 25 games or so (Noah's) been in a great rhythm," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau told the team's website. "He's doing a lot of great things for us, making plays. He's comfortable on the perimeter. He's comfortable in the post, the dribble hand off, the pick and roll, the ability to make quick decisions."

Taj Gibson led the Bulls with 24 points and had 12 rebounds, and is averaging 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last three games. Mike Dunleavy (15), D.J. Augustin (13), Jimmy Butler (12) and Kirk Hinrich (10) all scored in double figures for the Bulls. Butler added 13 boards to his totals.

Chicago, which was coming off a 3-3 road trip, shot 50.6 percent and improved to 14-10 at the United Center this season.

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer missed his third straight game with a nagging calf injury and is questionable Thursday. He is posting an average of 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds this season.

Brooklyn is 8-15 away from home this season and will start a season-long seven-game road trip in Chicago. After the All-Star break, the Nets will head west to face Utah, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland, Denver, and will close the lengthy jaunt at Milwaukee on March 1.

The Nets are playing just as well as Chicago, having won four of five and 14 of the last 19 games, and recorded a 105-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday at Barclays Center.

A 35-19 difference in the third quarter propelled Brooklyn to its fourth straight home win, as Paul Pierce led the way with 25 points. Deron Williams, Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic scored 13 points apiece for the Nets, who made 50 percent of their shots.

"It all started on the defensive end. We got stops. Offensively, we were moving the ball, passing up shots and making plays for the team," said Nets coach Jason Kidd.

Joe Johnson scored eight points versus Charlotte and is Brooklyn's only All- Star selection.

The Nets have won 18 in a row when leading at halftime and will try to keep the Bulls under 95 points. They are 15-0 when holding opponents below that mark. The Bulls are averaging 92.3 points per game, the second lowest in the NBA.

Brooklyn sustained a 95-78 home loss to the Bulls on Christmas Day and was led by Williams' 18 points. Gibson had 20 points off the bench in that one for Chicago, which has won three straight, eight of 10 and 10 of the last 14 meetings between the teams.

The Nets haven't fared so well in Chicago lately, losing two straight, six of seven and 12 of their last 15 trips there. They are 19-57 all-time in the Windy City.

02/13 10:27:26 ET

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BRK 87
CHA 110
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
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BRK 87
CHA 110
 
4th
TOR 106
CLE 111
 
4th
BOS 83
UTA 82
 
4th
MIN 65
DEN 77
 
3rd
NOP 65
DET 61
 
3rd
MIA 67
LAL 59
 
4th
HOU 79
MEM 85
 
3rd
OKC 72
PHI 86
 
Half
SAN 54
SAC 38
 
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GSW
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LAC
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Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
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Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
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GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 52
HOU 49
 
2nd
YALE 71
HOW 57
 
2nd
PITT 53
MIAMI 57
 
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TXPA 46
NMST 59
 
2nd
MSU 47
PURD 42
 
2nd
STLU 44
BONA 57
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
1st
TULSA 13
CIN 25
 
Half
VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
1st
OKST 31
TCU 28
 
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UCLA 39
USC 23
 
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WYO 37
UTST 30
 
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MARQ 18
STJ 16
 
1st
EILL 13
SIUE 17
 
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WIN 0
OTT 3
 
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DET 1
NYR 1
 
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