November 3 - Britain's Luol Deng (pictured) scored 24 points while grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds as he almost single-handedly brought the Chicago Bulls came from from 18 down to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-81 in the NBA tonight.


It was a remarkable performance from Deng and proved that the injury problems that wrecked the end of last season are now firmly behind him.


He said: "We had to have somebody kind of show energy and hoping everyone would follow.


"And at halftime I felt like I hadn't even played yet.


"I felt like I had a lot of energy and I just wanted to go out there and play as hard as I can.


"Sometimes when you're struggling making shots, playing hard kind of [makes] you forget about your shots and it just comes to you."

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said: "Luol was tremendous.


"Very active on the glass.


"[He] had some big three-point plays in the second half.


"He was very active all night.


"He was dominant.


"Two blocks, played really well - just a big game from Luol."


Deng missed the last 22 matches of the regular season earlier this year and the play-offs because of a stress fracture.


It also stopped him playing for Britain in the European Championships in Poland.


Deng said: "I'm just happy I'm healthy.


"I'm happy to be out there playing.


"It's the longest I sat out not playing and I missed playing.


"I'm just happy that I'm out there with my teammates and I'm not on the side watching them."



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