Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rockets 109, Bulls 94
By Nick Friedell
HOUSTON -- Let's take a quick look at how the Houston Rockets earned a 109-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.
How it happened: James Harden scored 19 points and dished out six assists to lead the Rockets to another win. Dwight Howard added 23 points and nine rebounds. Luol Deng paced the Bulls with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, but it wasn't enough for a Bulls team that continues to have problems scoring points.
What it means: The story remains the same for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and his team: They can't find a way to generate consistent offense. They can't score enough baskets to keep them in games. The Bulls played hard throughout most of this game; they just can't do what they want to do offensively. What has to frustrate Thibodeau more than anything else is there doesn't seem to be much else he can try in order to get more points on the board. Kirk Hinrich, who missed his third straight game because of back stiffness, will be back at some point but won't make that much of a difference. The Bulls are what they are at the moment: a bad offensive team.
Hits: Jimmy Butler bounced back after a rough week by scoring 20 points.
Misses: The Rockets outscored the Bulls 66-40 in the paint.
Stat of the night: The Bulls trailed the Rockets 68-65 with 5:24 left in the third quarter. The Rockets closed out the quarter on a 15-1 run.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Thursday night when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.