Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker (17) battles Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, right, for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Phoenix. The Bulls won 112-106.
Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) shoots over Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Phoenix.
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The Bulls stepped up to the challenge of the circus trip opener in Phoenix, building an 18-point lead late in the third quarter. It all fell apart during a nightmarish final 15 minutes, but Joakim Noah set things right in overtime and the Bulls escaped with a 112-106 victory.