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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls fans chanted "MVP" when Joakim Noah made big plays. Max Pacioretty Jersey . Noah doesnt like the attention. "Thats not whats important to me," Noah said. "Its just all about this team right now. Weve been through so much. Its not about individual accolades." Noah turned in another MVP-type performance on Saturday night, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls 94-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings. "First thing is his game is through the roof right now. His confidence is through the roof," teammate Taj Gibson said. But Noah would rather focus the attention on the team and how it withstood the Kings comeback. Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Mike Dunleavy added 16 and DJ Augustin had 12 for the Bulls (37-29), who are fourth in the Eastern Conference and improved to 3-2 on their six-game homestand. "It was very physical out there tonight," said Noah, who added eight assists, five blocked shots and three steals to his 33rd double-double. "That was a good win. We didnt let frustration get to us. We stuck with it." Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 and DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 14 rebounds. The Kings (23-43) won the rebounding battle 55-40, but committed 16 turnovers and were 23 of 37 at the free-throw line. "Thats a lot of points to be left on the court," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "The reality is were just not good enough to not take advantage of all of those free throws." Both teams struggled on offence, with the Bulls shooting 40 per cent and the Kings 37 per cent. "The fact that we allowed a team that does not score a lot in transition score 20 fast-break points, obviously that wasnt part of our game plan," Malone said. The Kings are 2-4 on their seven-game road trip. Cousins hit a layup with 1:01 left to cut the Bulls lead to 88-85. Gibson responded with a jumper with 42.2 seconds left, and the Bulls made four of six free throws to seal the win. The Bulls led 48-43 at halftime before the Kings outscored them 20-16 in the third to pull within one. The Bulls have won four straight at home against the Kings, the only team below .500 to visit during the homestand. Noah had 17 points and five rebounds and Rudy Gay led the Kings with 10 points at halftime. Noah scored 12 points in the first quarter, which ended 23-23. "Noah is an incredible player. I say hes the heart and soul of that Bulls team," Cousins said. The game was more competitive than the teams previous meeting. The Kings routed the Bulls 99-70 at Sleep Train Arena on Feb. 3, when the Bulls finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (28.2). "Thats a good team even though their record is not too well," Gibson said. "They tend to play well at times. It was a battle tonight." NOTES: Dunleavys right eye was black and blue and he wore tape above it. He received 10 stitches after he caught an elbow when he drew a charge Thursday in the Bulls 111-87 win over Houston. ... Evans started at power forward for the Kings to match up against the Bulls front line. Malone said the Kings will decide who plays the position based on each games matchup. Derrick Williams has played both forward positions. ... Malone was impressed with G Jimmer Fredette, who played 41 games with the Kings this season before he signed with the Bulls on March 2. "He was always in the gym, even on off days, committed to getting his work in," Malone said. "Even when he was not playing and part of the rotation, he never dropped his head, kept on working, kept on supporting his teammates. Thats why I think the Bulls at some point will be able to use him." ... The Kings are 10-24 on the road. 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Coming off a disappointing loss, their first of the young season in Atlanta 24 hours earlier, the Raptors responded with a gritty victory and one they can be proud of despite shooting just 40 per cent from the field. Rudy Gay, like the rest of his team, was not perfect, but delivered on his promise to be better after turning in one of his worst outings as a Raptor on Friday. "We learned from last night," said Gay, the Raptors leading scorer, who had a career night rebounding the ball in Torontos 97-90 win over the Bucks Saturday. "It shows how resilient we are. We just picked it up and still got the win, even if it wasnt pretty." In terms of offensive efficiency, it wasnt pretty. Gay, fresh off a 6-for-23 shooting night, shot just 4-of-14 from the floor. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry also struggled, each shooting 5-for-14, while Jonas Valanciunas was 3-of-8 in just 16 minutes. "I mean, myself, I cant remember the last time I knocked down a shot personally," Gay joked after the game. "But as far as the team [goes], we were moving the ball around and we defended our asses off." "It definitely wasnt our offence," Raptors coach Dwane Casey admitted. "We had to do it with our defence. We had to dig in." Hanging their heads following Fridays defeat, Casey reminded his players they were just two games into a long season. His message to Gay and the others: if your shots not falling, find another way to help the team win. Message received. Gay grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds and got to the line 10 times, DeRozan dished out five assists and Lowry contributed six boards and four dimes. All three were a factor on defence. "Im just trying not to be one-dimensional," Gay said. "[Friday,] my shot wasnt falling. Tonight my shot wasnt falling. I just wanted to make an effort on defence and on the glass...try to make myself a part of the game, because Friday I didnt feel like I was." Shot selection was still an issue for Gay and so too were turnovers - he had five. With six minutes remaining and following a sloppy pass, Gay missed a 25-foot three-point jumper and committed a frustration foul. As a result, Casey took Gay out of the game. Whether the Raptors coach felt he needed a breather or whether he was sending Gay another message, the forward responded when he re-entered a minute-and-a-half later. "I know he probably didnt like it," Casey said of his decision to sit Gay down midway through the final quarter. "But I know whats best for him. He needed to sit down for a little bit [and] let his second wind kick in. We got him right back in and he finished it out." Gay checked back in with 4:24 left to go with the RRaptors up two on the Bucks. Vegas Golden Knights Store. He didnt attempt a single field goal the rest of the way, but knocked down a couple free throws and pulled down six big rebounds. "Nobody wants to come out of the game in the fourth quarter," Gay said candidly after the victory. "I dont know anyone who does. But no matter what happens, you have to stay focused and do the best you can for the team." The Raptors took advantage of six Milwaukee miscues in the third quarter to stretch their lead to as big as 13 before the Bucks made a run in the fourth, tying the game at 85 with just under six minutes to play and Gay on the bench at the time. A similar stretch, late in the second quarter, turned the game in Atlanta, but this time, the Raptors responded, mainly on the defensive end. "We are becoming a resilient team," Gay said. "Times where we would fold last season, we are showing we can come back after a tough loss and still win games." Dominating the boards, the Raptors out-rebounded Milwaukee 60-38, including an 18-6 advantage on the offensive boards Saturday night. Including Gays career total, seven Raptors tallied five or more rebounds and the team won the battle of the boards for a third consecutive game. "[It was a] concerted effort to rebound," Lowry said. "Thats our team game. When we go to small ball, we all have to rebound." Through three games, the Raptors have out-rebounded their opponents by 42 with a plus-23 differential on the offensive glass. Moving the ball After totalling just 15 assists in each of the teams first two games, the Raptors registered 19 dimes on 31 made field goals. "I think the ball really moved a lot better tonight," said Lowry, who had four assists without committing a turnover. "I think everyone made a concerted effort from watching the film this morning of last nights game to try to get the ball from side to side and get everybody involved early." Quiet night for Jonas For the second straight night, Jonas Valanciunas played fewer than 18 minutes, a product of the match-up against smaller, quicker front lines according to Casey. Casey has opted to use small lineups in the fourth quarter of each game, matching up with both the Hawks and Bucks, who have done the same. "When you go small, hes not ready to be that five man yet, alone," Casey said of Valanciunas, preferring to use Amir Johnson or Tyler Hansbrough as an anchor in the middle with four smaller, more versatile players. "Hes going to get there, believe me - hes going to get there. Hes not there yet." Up next The Raptors return home, where theyll host the two-time defending champion Miami Heat at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. You can catch all the action live at 7:00pm et on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. ' ' '

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