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Sport Rockets bounce back in win over Bulls

07:55  09 january  2018
07:55  09 january  2018 Source:   chron.com

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Parker with a bounce back all around game had 18 points and eight rebounds with three of six threes. Wendell Carter Jr, playing in his hometown, had Led by Arcidiacono and with their own aggressive trap, the Bulls were the first team this season to thwart rookie Trae Young, who came into the game

The Houston Rockets looked a lot more like themselves as they cruised to a 127-105 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2. The Golden State Warriors were all over the place to start this game, turning the ball over five times in the first six minutes, finishing the quarter with seven turnovers

CHICAGO – Ryan Anderson made his way to the Rockets bench, his 3-pointer having taken the Rockets to a 15-point lead and Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg to call time out, when he reached out his hands and shouted, "I can't believe it! I made one!"

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The Bulls increased their record to 24-16 after a tough stretch in which they probably lost Joakim Noah for the season with a shoulder injury and had lost four And then going on the road to play the Pistons, who already defeated them twice, both overtime games, and were coming off a win over the Warriors

The Bulls are in the win column for 2019 after a decisive 104-88 win over the NBA-worst Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The Bulls get a four-game cushion over Atlanta in the Lotto standings. For those looking for losses this late in the season, the Bulls are now back to four Bulls at Rockets .

Uncharacteristic as that might have been, more so even than the shooting slump that had caught him, he and the Rockets needed to feel that sense of relief of finding their shooting touch and riding it to the sort of scoring the Bulls could not match.

BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 116, BULLS 107

The Rockets struggled a few times along the way, but they blew the game open in the fourth quarter, surging to a 116-107 win as they knocked down 20 3-pointers to feel like themselves again.

With Chris Paul and Eric Gordon both scoring 24 points with nine assists and Gerald Green adding 22 off the bench, the Rockets hit 20 3-pointers for the fifth time this season. Prior to last season, when they reached 20 3s an NBA record 10 times, they had made 20 3-pointers in a game twice in franchise history.

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James Harden had 28 points and the Rockets rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 123-104 win over the Hawks. Houston has won five straight over Atlanta, including a 109-102 win earlier this season when Harden had a career-high 45 points.

Okay, we can look at the Houston Rockets ’ 95-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 in two ways. In a pivotal must win , the Houston Rockets withstood a 12-0 opening run and Stephen Curry’s patented third quarter blitz to pull off a gutsy upset in an arena that’s one of the toughest

More than all that, however, they withstood the tough stretches far better than they had two days earlier. The Rockets could not consider themselves in real trouble four minutes into the second half, but as the Bulls took a three-point lead after trailing by as much as 21 in the first quarter, there did seem to be similarities with the loss to the Pistons.

Mostly, the Rockets had lost the 3-point shooting touch that had carried them early and had not found much to replace it.

The Rockets had made 2 of 19 3s since they had taken their largest lead, but unlike when the Pistons made their move and blew past, the Rockets responded. The defense tightened. The Rockets kept getting good looks, the sort they did not get through much of the second half on Saturday. Instead of losing their grip on the game, they answered their own struggles as much as anything the Bulls did.

As has become the norm, much of that came from Gerald Green, who had 22 points in 19 minutes heading into third quarter, including his first two dunks off the dribble since he signed on.

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Klay Thompson roared back into action for Golden State to lead the Warriors to victory over the Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia had won the first meeting of the teams this season in January, 121-93 The Rockets got a scare in the first half when Harden collided with Simmons and went crashing to the floor.

Back to Gallery. If the Rockets on occasion felt superior to the injury-depleted and rebuilding Bulls , it might have been a dangerous way to think and perhaps got in their way to The Rockets on Saturday eventually delivered their second blowout win in as many nights, building a 21-point lead in the fourth

When he and Paul ended the third quarter with 3-pointers, the Rockets led by 11 with a 21-2 record when leading after three quarters. But they also seemed to be escaping their funk, which might have been as important.

That had seemed to begin with the way they began the game, shooting incredibly well at first and defending well enough to build their commanding lead. It just did not last.

When the Rockets spoke about ramping up their defensive effort to begin games, they did not say only at the start of games. It just sort of worked that way in Monday's first half.

Much of that was a credit to the Bulls' youthful athleticism and energy after the Rockets shot to a 21-point first quarter lead, only to Chicago to reduce the lead to as few as three and to be within 60-55 heading into the second half. But the Rockets had hounded the Bulls to 33.3 percent shooting in the first quarter and more impressively, took care of the boards.

While missing 14 of 21 shots in the first quarter, the Bulls did not get an offensive rebound. In the second quarter, they made 13 of 24 shots (54.2 percent), scoring eight second-chance points.

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James Harden officially took over the Houston Rockets this past summer when he made a series of leadership decisions that are paying off. Bulls ' Valentine has ankle surgery, out for season. Back in December, D'Antoni surprised reporters by saying there are must- win games that early in the

A win is a win , but yet again, the Rockets let go of a huge lead they had created in the second quarter. The Bulls reacted well to the Rockets three-point shooting with a revamped defense after halftime and managed to pull themselves back into the contest, moving their lead to as much as eight.

With the Rockets so often taking the ball out of the net, their offense slowed, much as it had in Detroit two nights earlier. They had scored 12 fast break points in the first quarter, which were 12 more than they scored in the entire game against the Pistons. They took just one shot in the break in the second quarter.

Most of all, their phenomenally hot start from the 3-point line cooled. When they led by 21, they had made 8 of 10 3-pointers with Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza a combined 6 of 9 from deep. The Rockets made 2 of 14 3-pointers in the remainder of the first half.

When the second half began with the Rockets missing two more 3-pointers and the Bulls erasing the last bits of the Rockets lead on the way to a three-point lead, the Rockets might have seemed caught in a Detroit repeat.

Instead, they responded and rolled.

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