Dwight Howard put up 23 points on 11-14 shooting, in an efficient offensive performance. Houston also got solid performances from James Harden with 19 points and 6 assists, and Chandler Parsons with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for Chicago on 8-15 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. Carlos Boozer contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds.
The sharp-shooting offense of Houston played well despite facing the defense of Chicago that ranks third-best in the league at contesting shots (47.1% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 58.5%.
Chicago (9-15) has now dropped their last three straight games.
Coming up next, the Rockets play the Indiana Pacers, who are 20-5 on the year. The Bulls match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 20-4 this season.
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