After the game, Deng said he wasn’t sure if he could play Saturday.
‘‘It’s pretty swollen,’’ he said.
Boston guard Avery Bradley missed the game with a rib injury sustained in Wednesday’s loss to New Orleans.
Noah had his double-double after three quarters, collecting 12 points and 10 boards. Boozer had 17 points and 15 rebounds after three.
Rondo had a highlight three-point play late in the third quarter that cut the Bulls’ lead to 62-59. He was dribbling to the right of the lane when he lost his balance, falling to the floor, but kept his dribble going before getting up and driving in for a basket and a foul.
NOTES: Chicago G Derrick Rose, expected back in late February from knee surgery, participated in the team’s shootaround. Deng didn’t take part, but started the game. ... The Bulls play the first of four straight at home Saturday against Memphis. ... Rivers and his former assistant, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, had dinner Thursday night to celebrate Thibodeau’s 55th birthday. ‘‘We went to dinner last night and the first thing I told him was, ‘By the way, your team is pretty good without Derrick, that’s No. 1,'’’ Rivers said. ... Garnett and Noah were each given a technical late in the fourth.