Bulls’ Noah returns after missing 4 games with ankle sprain

DALLAS (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah was back in the starting lineup Friday night against Dallas after missing four games with a sprained right ankle.

Noah played 6 minutes in the first quarter and had two points.

The seventh-year player missed four games in December with the same ankle problem and tweaked the injury after coming back.

The Bulls went 2-2 during his latest absence, capped by blowing out defending champion San Antonio in Chicago on Thursday night.

Noah came in averaging 7.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.