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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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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
Final
ATL 3
LOS 2
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
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DUR