The Chicago Bulls haven’t been very impressive this season as they are sitting with a 3-6 record. They are, however, coming fresh off of a 113-93 win they took over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Bulls will hope to grab a second straight as they host the Houston Rockets tonight at the United Center. It will be tough, though, as the Bulls won only one game at home this season, sitting with a 1-2 home record.
The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are in the midst of proving their doubters wrong as they hope to grab a third consecutive victory tonight. They are coming off of a 129-112 win over the struggling Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. This matchup between the Bulls and the Rockets tonight will mark the first of two meetings this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Bulls won 68 games while the Rockets pulled out 70 victories.
-Gerald Green (foot)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 27.8 FG%, 27.3 3P%)
-Gary Clark (G-League)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Max Strus (G-League)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Houston Rockets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot forty percent. The two-time scoring champion James Harden got hot for 20 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. He also had five rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Danuel House contributed with 3 three-pointers and two points from the charity stripe.
Russell Westbrook was kept to just eight points but had three defensive rebounds and two assists while Clint Capela helped out with four points. He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while P.J. Tucker had just one point. Indiana-native Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer in the second quarter.
As for the home team, Zach LaVine scored 11 points, which held a three-pointer in the before halftime. Lauri Markkanen contributed with eight points but shot only twenty-eight percent from the field. Wendell Carter had eight points, as well, along with eight rebounds and one block. Coby White played fourteen minutes off the bench but only had three points while the Rockets went into the locker room with a tight 50-49 advantage.
The Texas team would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 67-45 run, shooting fifty percent from the field. During that run, Harden earned 22 more points which included six three-pointers. Westbrook made up for his scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up eighteen points while grabbing four rebounds. Austin Rivers played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.
On the other end of the court, both Markkanen and Carter had five points each while Tomas Satoransky earned six points. White had seven points in the 12 minutes he played off the bench but it was the Rockets who came away with a 117-94 victory. James Harden finished the game with 42 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Lauri Markkanen had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Both Carter and Thaddeus Young had 13 points each, as well.
The Houston Rockets will travel to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (25.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 55.2 FG%, 48.6 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (1-6) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 26 when the Rockets walked away with a 126-123 win. James Harden finished with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Ingram had 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Chicago Bulls will host R.J. Barrett (17.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 42.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the New York Knicks (1-7) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season. October 28 was the last time they played each other as the Bulls fell to the Knicks, 105-98. During that game, Bobby Portis scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Zach LaVine earned 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.