Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah admitted last night that his team played with a whole load of 'hate' in their shock 95-88 win against the Miami Heat.
The Bulls and the Heat have somewhat of an unsavoury rivalry that dates back to the 1990's when Chicago dominated the NBA.
Earlier this season, LeBron James opened up on the rivalry, revealing that "we don't like them, they don't like us. It's not unheard of. We all know how it is," he said last October.
Lebron is not the only player that feels this intense rivalry, with Noah revealing passions certainly ran high last night.
"We played with a lot of hate today, a lot of hate," Noah told Fox Sports.
Noah has been in form recently and that has seen an upsurge in quality play from the Bulls, who are now placed in fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We are playing good out there and I'm feeling comfortable. I'm proud of my team-mates and I feel like we are competing every night," Noah continued.
"We played a great game today and even when things weren't going our way we just kept fighting."
The Bulls reduced James and the Heat to a shadow of their NBA Champion self Sunday, with LeBron held to only 17 points.
Noah grabbed 20 points and seven assists in a great performance, and with the help of 22 point man D.J. Augustin, Chicago won out by seven points.