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Balanced Bulls beat Bobcats 103-97

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — For the Chicago Bulls, there is only way to ease the pain from the Luol Deng trade.

Just keep winning.

D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the streaking Bulls beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-97 on Saturday night.

Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its fifth consecutive victory. The Bulls (17-18) also improved to 3-0 since they traded Deng to Cleveland late Monday night for Andrew Bynum and draft picks. Chicago then cut Bynum in a salary dump.

"The trade definitely hurt," Noah said in his first public comments since the deal. "We've got to move on, but I feel confident in this team. We're working really hard.

"A lot of people say this is a business, and all that, but this game is more than a business to me. I put everything I've got into this. Lu was the same way, so it was hard for me to digest. That's just my perspective. Everybody has a different job. I'm not mad at anybody."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau also wasn't a fan of the deal, but likes the way his team has responded.

"I think it's so important to be mentally tough when you face adversity," he said. "They've shown that throughout the year. Every time we get knocked down, we get back up — and that's the mentality you have to have in this league. Things don't always go your way, and when they don't, you can't sit there and mope. You've got to move on and get ready for the next one.

"I've said this before: If you're not satisfied with your circumstances, then you have to do everything you can to change them. I think that's what our team is doing. We're fighting, scratching, clawing. Whatever we have to do, that's what we're gonna do."

Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points for Chicago, which recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats (15-23) have dropped three straight. Gerald Henderson had 30 points, and Kemba Walker scored 29.

"Kemba and Gerald were great tonight," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "If we could score 50 like that every night it would be great. The encouraging thing was that their defense was also great."

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