NBA: Joakim Noah suffers separated shoulder as Bulls lose to Mavericks

Joakim Noah

Bulls center Joakim Noah reacts after separating his left shoulder during the second quarter of a game against the Mavericks on Friday.

(John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points Friday to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 83-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who lost Joakim Noah because of a separated left shoulder.

Nowitzki made a three-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72 after the teams had traded the lead most of the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler missed two three-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally. Butler, who scored 53 points Thursday, was held to four by the Mavericks on two-for-11 shooting.

Noah, who separated his shoulder in the second quarter, was in his fourth game back after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.


Miami 98, at Denver 95: Hassan Whiteside had a triple-double with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead the injury-depleted Heat to the win.

Chris Bosh, who made a tiebreaking jumper with 55 seconds, had 24 points for Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade because of injuries to both shoulders.

It was the first game Wade missed this season because injury and it left the Heat without their starting backcourt. Point guard Goran Dragic is sidelined by a strained left calf.

at Oklahoma City 113, Minnesota 93: Russell Westbrook got his 23rd career triple-double despite sitting out the fourth quarter in the rout. Westbrook finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season, bouncing back from being ejected Wednesday against Dallas. It was the ninth loss in a row for the Timberwolves, led by Andrew Wiggins with 25 points.


Cleveland 91, at Houston 77: Kyrie Irving led five Cavaliers in double figures with 23 points and the Rockets were held to 35% shooting. James Harden made only two of 10 shots and scored 11 points.

at Boston 117, Phoenix 103: Marcus Smart had his first career triple-double and Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points against his former team as the Celtics won easily. Smart had 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk added 21 points and nine rebounds. The Suns have lost 12 of 13 to drop to 13-28.

Washington 118, at Indiana 104: John Wall had 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists and the Wizards pulled away by outscoring the Pacers 35-19 in the second quarter.

Portland 116, at Brooklyn 104: Damian Lillard had 33 points and 10 assists, reserve Allen Crabbe added 19 points and the Trail Blazers won their third in a row. Down 92-86 with 8:41 left, Lillard and backup center Ed Davis combined for 16 points during a 19-2 run that gave the Trail Blazers a 105-94 lead. The Nets’ Donald Sloan came up just short of his first triple-double, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

at New Orleans 109, Charlotte 107: Ryan Anderson made six three-pointers en route to a season-high 32 points, and Anthony Davis dunked Jrue Holiday’s alley-oop lob with two seconds left. Kemba Walker scored 25 points for the Hornets, including a tying three-pointer with 19.2 seconds left. Nicolas Batum also had 25, but his last second three-point try bounced out.

at Milwaukee 108, Atlanta 101 (OT): Giannis Antetokounmpo scored four of his 28 points in overtime and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Bucks.

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