Harden scores 30 as Rockets beat Bulls 121-105
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2018 11:48 AM
Houston Rockets' James Harden celebrates after making a 3-point basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 121-105. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to help the Houston Rockets to their second straight win, 121-105, over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
The victory comes a night after the Rockets snapped a season-high four game skid with a win 136-105 win at San Antonio.
Houston was up by 12 entering the fourth quarter and used a 13-7 run to start the period and make it 100-82 with 8.5minutes left. Eric Gordon made two three-pointers in that stretch and P.J. Tucker added a three-point play. Chicago couldn't cut into the lead after that and the Rockets were up by 20 with about three minutes left when coach Mike D'Antoni cleared the bench.
Zach LaVine had 29 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth straight game and for the 10th time in 11 games.
Chicago's Lauri Markkanen had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing the team's first 23 games with a sprained right elbow he sustained in training camp. He entered the game with about 4.5 minutes left in the first quarter and played 26 minutes.
Clint Capela added 18 points and 15 rebounds for Houston and Chris Paul had 12 points and tied a season-high with 13 assists in his second game back after missing three with a sore hamstring.
Houston led by 10 at halftime before the Bulls used a 12-6 run to open the third quarter and cut the lead to four. Parker led Chicago in that stretch, scoring eight points.
The Rockets got back on track after that, scoring the next five points to push the lead to 67-58 with about seven minutes left in the third.
Houston led by eight later in the third when Harden made a three-pointer just before the shot clock expired to make it 74-63 with 4.5 minutes left in the quarter.
The Bulls added a layup seconds after that, but Houston scored the next six points, capped by a triple from Harden with Jabari Parker in his face to make it 80-65 about 90 seconds later.
LaVine scored all of Chicago's points in a 7-2 run later in the third to cut the deficit, but Gerald Green made a three-pointer with a few seconds left in the quarter to put Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.
Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said that he will limit Markkanen's minutes in his first games back. ... LaVine has scored at least 20 points in 20 games this season. ... Justin Holiday, who had 11 points, has made at least one three-pointer in a franchise-record 35 straight games. ... Parker finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Rockets: Nene had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing Houston's first 21 games with a strained right calf. ... Harden has scored 30 points or more in six of the last eight games.
Bulls: Visit Indiana on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).