Rockets beat Bulls
The Rockets didn't lead their game against the Bulls from start to finish, but it was close. Houston beat the Bulls 109-94, and improved their record against eastern conference teams to 8-1.
James Harden nailed a 3-pointer just under four minutes into the game to give the Rockets an 11-8 lead and they never trailed again. Harden had 19 points and led the team with six assists. He was unable to finish the Rockets last game on Sunday in Sacramento after suffering a left ankle sprain, but did not appear too hampered by the injury.
The Rockets dominated inside with 66 points in the paint, tying their season high. They also won the battle of the boards for the first time in four games.
Five Rockets scored in double figures, including four of the five starters. Dwight Howard led the way with 23 points and Omri Casspi had 11 off the Rockets bench. Terrence Jones was the only starter with less than ten points, but he led the team with six assists, easily besting his previous career high of three assists.
The game was over when
The Bulls closed to within three points late in the third quarter. Houston called timeout and then went on a 15-1 run to close the quarter and put the Bulls down for the count.
Numbers of the night
Houston made 13-of-16 free throws for 81 percent. They had shot just 65 percent over their last five games.
The Rocket have back-to-back road games coming up Friday and Saturday night. They will be in Indiana on Friday night to face the Pacers, who still have the best record in the east, despite their loss tonight to the Heat. Houston has lost three straight games to Indiana.
Houston travels to Detroit next, the Pistons are 13-14 after their win at Boston Wednesday. They lead the NBA in points in the paint per game.