It may seem like a random game against a lower-profile opponent, but this was the first game in which Noah recorded a triple-double, marking the start of the nightly triple-double watch.
Watching Noah play almost became an event. The points and rebounds were almost a guarantee as he averaged a double-double this season, but could he get the 10 assists?
Noah had flirted with triple-doubles before this game, coming a couple of assists or points shy. In this game, though, Noah wasn't going to be stopped.
After the first half, Noah had recorded seven points, eight assists and 11 rebounds. He finished with 19, 11 and 16, respectively.
It was his first of four triple-doubles, which ranked him second in the league behind Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
The real story isn't Noah's ability to stuff the stat sheet, though, but rather how his game evolved and how he took over for a team that was being written off.
His offensive game saw drastic improvement.
He was putting the ball on the floor, realizing he was faster than most players defending him. His jump shot improved too—though not his form—as he shot 40 percent on shots 16 feet and farther from the rim this season, compared to 35 percent in 2012-13.
From his hustle on the glass and on loose balls, to his shot-blocking, to his precise whip passes and backdoor bounce dimes, Noah showed he was the NBA's most versatile big.