Houston, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden shook off a flu bug to score 28
points, while the Houston Rockets orchestrated a strong late finish to pull
out a 93-89 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Toyota Center.
Two nights after being limited to six points and 17 1/2 minutes by his
sickness in a loss at Utah, Harden made good on 8-of-14 field goal
attempts and added five steals while being on the court for over 42 minutes.
His efforts, along with a critical 10-0 run down the stretch, enabled the
Rockets to put an end to a three-game skid.
Patrick Patterson chipped in 20 points and Chandler Parsons amassed 18 points
and a career-best 13 rebounds for Houston, while Toney Douglas had 11 points
and sank a clutch long-range jumper that gave Houston an 86-84 lead with
Chicago owned an 84-79 edge after Nate Robinson buried a 3-pointer with 4:42
left to play, but proceeded to miss its next 11 shots. The cold spell led to
the Bulls dropping their third consecutive contest, the franchise's longest
slide since a 10-game drought from Feb. 27 - Mar. 19, 2010.
Robinson paced Chicago with 21 points, 13 of which came in the final 10
minutes, with Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer each amassing double-doubles in a
Deng ended with 19 points and 10 boards, while Boozer pulled down 15 rebounds
to go along with 13 points.
Harden started Houston's deciding surge by putting back a Patterson miss with
3:43 to go, and Parsons made a pair of free throws nearly two minutes later to
pull the Rockets within 84-83.
After an off-balance jumper by Robinson badly missed the mark on the other
end, Douglas then drained a 25-footer off a Parsons screen to send Houston in
The Bulls continued to miss shots, and Douglas and Harden combined to go 3-
of-4 from the line in the closing seconds to seal the win, though the Bulls
made it interesting when Deng knocked down a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left
to make it a 91-89 score.
Chicago made the game's first big run, an 20-3 spurt over a six-plus minute
stretch in the second quarter that turned a seven-point deficit into a 43-33
advantage late in the first half. Robinson netted six points to help fuel the
The Bulls were up by as many as 11 before the break, but Harden hit a 3-
pointer and a step-back jumper as part of a 7-0 flurry that closed the gap to
46-42 at intermission.
Harden would put Houston ahead by a 49-47 count early in the third quarter
with another long-distance bucket, and the game remained a tight one over the
majority of the second half.
Chicago appeared to regain control midway through the fourth quarter behind
Robinson, who scored the final seven points of a 9-2 tear that accounted for
the Bulls' five-point margin that preceded Houston's comeback.
The victory extended Houston's franchise-record winning streak when holding an
opponent under 90 points to 33 consecutive games, a run that dates back to
March of 2010 and is the longest active one in the NBA ... Parsons' previous
career high in rebounds was 12, set against Portland on Nov. 3 ... Rockets
center Omer Asik, who joined Houston as a free agent over the summer after two
seasons with the Bulls, recorded four points, six rebounds and three blocks
against his former club ... Rockets swingman Carlos Delfino missed his fourth
consecutive game due to a groin injury.
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