Rockets Blow Another Fourth Quarter Lead, Fall To 3-7

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Rockets Turn Game Over To Bulls, 95-92

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Derrick Rose had 12 points of a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter which help Chicago rally past Houston, 95-92, at Toyota Center.

Rose finished with 33 points and seven assists for Chicago, which started a seven-game western road. Luol Deng added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four straight games including Saturday’s 103-96 win over Washington.

Luis Scola had 27 points and five rebounds while Brad Miller had 21 points for Houston, which saw its brief two-game win streak halted. Kevin Martin posted 18 points in the loss.

Rose hit three three-pointers during the fourth quarter rally which put Chicago up 81-71 with 7:37 left to play. He finished with 17 points in the final stanza.

The Rockets snapped their scoring drought with 6:46 remaining when Martin found Miller down the lane for an easy layup. Miller then hit a three-pointer to make the score 81-76 and Scola hit a jumper to cut the deficit to six, 84-78 with 5:18 left.

But Rose carried Chicago the remainder the game when he drove down the lane and hit a reverse lay-up. Down the stretch, the Bulls secured the win on the free throw line, hitting 6-of-8 during the last 22.2 seconds of play.

Houston jumped out to an 18-11 lead with help from a Shane Battier three- pointer and a Scola mid-range bank shot and carried a 26-19 advantage into the second quarter.

The Bulls charged back in the second and opened with a 10-2 run. Kyle Korver hit a three-pointer to start the run and Deng made a layup off a Korver steal as the Bulls took their first lead of the game with nine minutes left in the quarter.

Chicago saw its lead grow during the final minute of the half when Ronnie Brewer had a layup and Gibson hit a long jumper. Rose assisted on both shots and the visitors took a 49-41 lead into the intermission.

The Rockets knotted the game at 55 with 8:12 left in the third quarter when Scola snatched the ball away from Rose and drilled a jumper. The teams were tied three different times during the next four minutes, however the Rockets went on an 8-0 run for a 71-63 lead after 36 minutes of action.

Game Notes

The Bulls were without Carlos Boozer while Houston is still without Yao Ming…Chicago shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the three-point line…The game had 13 lead changes…Battier had 11 points…Chicago’s Joakim Noah had 12 points and nine rebounds, Brewer had 11 points and Korver added 10.

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Rockets Try To Make It Three In A Row

(Sports Network) - With the circus taking place in the Windy City, the Chicago Bulls will begin a seven-game road trip out west starting with tonight's showdown against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.

The Bulls will also visit the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers, Suns, Nuggets and Kings, and have won three in a row since a two-game skid. In a 103-96 victory over rookie John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Saturday, Derrick Rose finished with 24 points and Joakim Noah added 21 points and nine rebounds.

Luol Deng recorded 20 points and nine rebounds, while Keith Bogans chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who made 44.7 percent of their shots.

"I thought we didn't cover well," said Deng. "We were scoring at the other end, but we can't be giving up baskets the way we did tonight."

Chicago will play just its third road game of the season under new coach Tom Thibodeau and lost the first two at Oklahoma City and Boston.

Houston has won two straight and three of four games, and completed a three- game road trip with a 2-1 mark.

The Rockets posted a 104-96 win at New York on Sunday, as Luis Scola registered 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kevin Martin scored 28 points for Houston, which seems to have turned the corner after an 0-5 start.

"It's just a matter of everyone zeroing in on it," said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. "If we do the things we did last year, we can win games. I thought the third quarter, fourth quarter we did a nice job. We had 28 assists. That's a lot of assists."

With Yao Ming already out with a sprained left ankle, the Rockets may not have forward Chase Budinger, who is questionable for tonight and did not play in the win over the Knicks because of the same problem. Rockets guard Aaron Brooks is out with an ankle sprain as well.

Houston is 1-2 at home and has lost three straight to the Bulls. The Rockets, however, have won 11 of the last 15 games against Chicago, losers in six of its last eight trips to the Toyota Center.

For more Rockets news, check out The Dream Shake.

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