Noah doesn’t like the attention.
“That’s not what’s important to me,” Noah said. “It’s just all about this team right now. We’ve been through so much. It’s not about individual accolades.”
“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 didn’t 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.
“The fact that we allowed a team that does not score a lot in transition score 20 fast-break points, obviously that wasn’t part of our game plan,” Malone said.
The Kings are 2-4 on their seven-game road trip.