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Joakim Noah happy to be back

PHILADELPHIA -- Joakim Noah still isn't feeling very well. After missing the past two games because of flu-like symptoms, the Chicago Bulls' big man is still making his way back into a rhythm, but he was pleased that he was able to contribute to another victory as the Bulls overcame the Philadelphia 76ers in a 118-115 win Friday night.

"I felt good, man," Noah said after scoring five points and grabbing nine rebounds in almost 31 minutes. "Coming back from [being sick], it is what it is. I'm happy we came out with the win. It's tough coming back from being sick and stuff, but no excuse -- we got it done and on to the next one [Saturday]."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was happy with the way Noah improved throughout the game and knows Noah has to continue working his way back into a rhythm as he continues recovering from offseason knee surgery.

"I think when you miss that time like he did and just being sick, his wind, it's going to take him a little while [to get back]," Thibodeau said. "But I thought as the game went on, he moved better and better. I think he'll be fine."

Noah believes that's the case, as well. Like the rest of his teammates, he is happy with the way the Bulls' offense is coming along.

"We're scoring in a lot of different ways," Noah said. "We were just talking about that with Taj [Gibson[. I remember when the score was like, 81-76 just [hoping] to get a basket. [We're] just scoring a hundred every night so far. We just got to keep building, keep getting better; we feel like we can still get better, too."