Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score and Analysis

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

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The Chicago Bulls dismantled the Houston Rockets 111-87 on Thursday night behind 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists from Joakim Noah

The Bulls (36-29) have now won seven of their last 10 games while the Rockets (44-21) have dropped back-to-back contests for the first time since January. 

On a night when the Bulls led wire-to-wire, Mike Dunleavy led Chicago with 21 points, 18 of which came in the third quarter. Dunleavy was forced to exit in the first half after taking a shot to the head from Chandler Parsons which resulted in 10 stitches above his right eye, but returned to start the second half. 

In total, six Bulls players finished in double figures, including all five starters. Carlos Boozer contributed 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting and seven rebounds while D.J. Augustin was the Bulls' leading scorer off the bench with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-of-7 from three). 

Chicago also set new season highs by drilling 14 three-pointers and dishing out 35 assists (on 43 made baskets). 

After leading by eight at the half, the Bulls exploded in the third quarter behind Dunleavy's hot shooting and dropped 35 points in the frame, outscoring Houston by 19 in the period. 

Jeremy Lin led the Rockets with 21 points, but was the lone bright spot for the Houston offense. 

Dwight Howard was limited to 12 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and seven turnovers while James Harden and Chandler Parsons scored eight and two points, respectively. 

Next up for the Rockets is a showdown with the Miami Heat on Sunday while the Bulls are set to square off against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.