Noah sits out with injured left foot

Updated: January 25, 2010, 9:44 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- Chicago center Joakim Noah sat out the Bulls' game Saturday night against Houston because of a left foot injury.

The 6-foot-11 Noah was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup after scoring 19 points in 25 minutes Friday night in a 115-104 victory in Phoenix. Noah had started all of Chicago's previous 41 games this season.

Noah is the Bulls' leading rebounder (12.3 per game) and fourth-leading scorer (11.3 points per game). Brad Miller started in place of Noah against the Rockets, scoring 25 points in Chicago's 104-97 win.

Noah was hoping to return Monday night in San Antonio.

"I just couldn't get going," Noah said. "I got a massage earlier, I just tried everything I could. The pain is just too much right now. I'm just happy we won the game. Brad played huge."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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