The NBA All-Star break has begun following last night's wins by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls downed the Brooklyn Nets 92-76. Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. Taj Gibson scored 16 points and Carlos Boozer added 15 after missing three games with a strained left calf.
There were five games in the NBA on Christmas Day and it was not pretty for New York fans.
The first game of the day had the Bulls whipping the Nets 95-78 in Brooklyn, giving Chicago its first winning streak since mid-November. Taj Gibson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 15 points. The Bulls trailed 50-49 early in the second half before Butler hit a 3-point to spark a 21-5 run that put Chicago in control the rest of the way.