Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Houston finished the game on a 14-5 run to win late.
Looking at the box score this might be the ugliest game of the season. The two teams combined for 37 turnovers to go along with 13 blocked shots. And you know what, watching the game pretty much backs that thought.
Houston was able to win tonight because Nate Robinson would not stop shooting the ball. Sure his quick six points early in the fourth allowed the Bulls to get back in this one, but once he hit those he thought he was Reggie Miller, chucking three-pointers for no apparent reason. Would Thibodeau have put Kirk Hinrich back in the result might not have changed, but somebody else would have had to give the game away.
Of course, it doesn't help Chicago that Joakim Noah completely disappeared on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. Heck, he didn't score a single point in the second half. He was held in check by Omer Asik for the entirety of the fourth and had the Bulls' best chance at staying alive late blocked by Asik. It seems Chicago is missing Asik a bit, but they're missing Rose more.
Houston did do a few things right, however. Patrick Patterson put in a season-high 20 points, Chandler Parsons had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and James Harden's 8-14 scoring equated to 28 points.
In all it was a sloppy but well-earned win for the Rockets, and a disaster of a game for the Bulls. Their offense can go beyond stagnant at times.
Rockets 93, Bulls 89, Final.
Let's take a look at the box scores from tonight's game.
Rockets 93, Bulls 89 Final.
Jeremy Lin has been so bad tonight that Toney Douglas is finishing the game. Of course, Douglas has also been awesome.
@hpbasketball this is why we paid Lin so much money; so Tony Douglas could finish out games.— Rockets 24/7 (@Rockets247) November 22, 2012
Rockets 89, Bulls 86 with 0:06 left in the fourth.
Omer Asik all but ends it with a big block on Joakim Noah. There's probably a story in there somewhere.
Rockets 89, Bulls 84 with 0:11 left in the fourth.
Tom Thibodeau gave this game away when he left Nate Robinson in past the five-minute mark. Not only does he look tired, but he's taking the worst shots possible on a basketball court.
Two freebies from Toney Douglas makes this one a four-point game.
Rockets 88, Bulls 84 with 0:17 left in the fourth.
Chicago misses two jumpers in the final minute, but get two offensive rebounds. Of course, Nate Robinson just throws the ball out of bounds as he drives to the hoop.
Houston ball, up by two.
Rockets 86, Bulls 84 with 0:20 left in the fourth.
In the same quarter Nate Robinson has both won the game and lost the game for the Bulls. He brought them the lead and then snatched it right away from them.
A Toney Douglas three gives Houston the lead.
Rockets 86, Bulls 84 with 1:11 left in the fourth.
Nate Robinson makes the Bulls 1-15 in the game. Way to shot selection, Chicago.
Bulls 84, Rockets 81 1:58 left in the fourth.
Chicago is 1-13 from the three-point line, but that's not going to stop Jimmy Butler from making it 1-14 in a three-point game late.
Bulls 84, Rockets 81 with 2:14 left in the fourth.
We've got a second of downtime, so check out Nate Robinson's kicks tonight.
Nate Robinson's J's tonight >> twitter.com/BeyondTheBuzze…
— Beyond The Buzzer(@BeyondTheBuzzer) November 22, 2012
They're a bit of a Picasso-Piet Mondrain combination, but they're 100 percent cool.
Bulls 84, Rockets 81 with 2:47 left in the fourth.
Nate Robinson just looked like Kyrie Irving at the rim.
Nate Robinson just made a 360 layup here in Houston.
— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) November 22, 2012
Oh, and he drained a three, so of course he's going to chuck another one when Chicago is on a 4-2 break. He missed it.
Bulls 84, Rockets 79 with 4:04 left in the fourth.
Jeremy Lin's most productive play of the half. He gets the defensive rebound and draws a foul on Taj Gibson who gives him a shove to the ground.
Things are getting a bit chippy in Houston.
Bulls 81, Rockets 78 with 4:53 left in the fourth.
Nate Robinson is absolutely shredding Houston right now. He's got six points in the quarter. That may not sound like much, but Chicago has only scored 14 so far in the fourth.
Bulls 79, Rockets 78 with 5:39 left in the fourth.
Check out Greg Smith's back-to-back monster dunks from back in the first half.
He was looking good in the first half of this one, but saw just a few seconds of action in the second.
Rockets 75, Bulls 75 with 7:53 left in the fourth.
We've got another patented Carlos Boozer moment tonight. I think this makes 384. Tone Douglas just wriggled his way around Boozer's weak box-out attempt (which looked a lot like him holding back a small child from walking toward a staircase) and grabbed an offensive rebound.
Boozer is seven inches taller and 60 pounds heavier than Douglas.
Rockets 73, Bulls 72 with 8:35 left in the fourth.
You know what sounds like good defense? Fouling a fading-away Jimmy Butler with four seconds left on the shot clock.
Way to go Rockets. Way to go Butler for missing the first free throw.
Rockets 73, Bulls 70 with 8:49 left in the fourth.
After making an All-Star Game last season it seems as if Luol Deng would finally have some more recognition, but with him averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, he should have another shot this season.
He's showing in this game that he's one of the only reliable scorers the Bulls have without Rose.
Rockets 73, Bulls 69 with 9:23 left in the fourth.
Luol Deng leads the way for Chicago with 14 points, while Carlos Boozer has 14 and Joakim Noah has 11.
James Harden leads Houston with 22 points, followed by Patterson's 17 and Parsons' 15.
Rockets 68, Bulls 65 with 11:04 left in the fourth.
Despite two teams playing the worst basketball possible in the third quarter, this game is still very much up in the air after the Rockets left Boozer grab two offensive rebounds in the final 30 seconds to end up with two easy buckets.
Yep, I was surprised that happened myself.
Rockets 66, Bulls 65 after the third.
Patrick Patterson has really had a positive impact on tonight's game. Harden is the standout star, but without Patterson this game is over a long time ago.
Very solid game for Patrick Patterson. Has 14p, 6 r. Rockets faded badly in 2nd q when he was out.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 22, 2012
Oh, and he just hit a big three-pointer.
Rockets 66, Bulls 63 with 0:29 left in the third.
Boozer's shot has to bother Bulls fans. He's taking the ball at about 17 feet, throwing his arms straight up and pumping out a rainbow, fading slightly backward and hopping on his opposite foot after every jumper today.
In other news, Carlos Boozer is 4-10 from the field tonight.
Rockets 61, Bulls 57 with 1:37 left in the third.
This game has had everything else, so why not a lane violation?
Rockets 61, Bulls 55 with 2:19 left in the third.
Stat line of the night so far: Marco Belinelli has played in just over five minutes of this game and registered a single blocked shot, yet he's leading the team in +/- at +12.
Chicago needs more Belinelli!
Rockets 60, Bulls 55 with 2:41 left in the third.
Harden and Patterson could play five-on-two right now and the game would probably be a little bit closer. The rest of Houston's team is just bumbling and stumbling all over the floor.
Rockets 60, Bulls 55 with 2:54 left in the third.
You know it's a rough night for the Rockets when Patrick Patterson is the calming presence on offense.
Of course, as soon as I type that he loses an easy rebound out of bounds, giving the ball back to Chicago.
Rockets 56, Bulls 55 with 3:45 left in the third.
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