Dwight Howard had 23 points and nine rebounds, Chandler Parsons and James Harden scored 19 points apiece and Patrick Beverly chipped in 15 points as the Houston Rockets rolled past the Chicago Bulls 109-94 on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Butler had 20 points to lead the Bulls while Luol Deng scored 18, points, Carlos Boozer had 17 and Taj Gibson poured in 14 off of the bench.
Although the Bulls have continued to get it down on the defensive end throughout this nightmare of a season they are having, the Rockets didn’t seem to have much trouble getting whatever they wanted against the Bulls. They scored 66 points in the paint, shot 44-of-82 from the field, went eight-of-22 from beyond the arc and hit 13 of 16 free throws. One of the Bulls’ strengths has been the way they can defend the inside because of their size, but they were no match for Howard, who hit 11 of his 14 shots, and the Rockets.
The Bulls turned the ball over 17 times and missed 10 of their 23 free throw attempts.
The win improves the Rockets to 17-9 while the Bulls fall to 9-15.