Jabari Smith Jr. continues surge with 20 and 10 as Bulls edge Rockets

Rookie forward Jabari Smith Jr. continued his resurgence for the Rockets in a 119-111 loss (box score) to the Bulls on Saturday night at Toyota Center. Chicago improved to 31-36 with the come-from-behind win, while Houston dropped to an NBA-worst 15-52 in defeat.

Smith led the Rockets with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks, shooting 8-of-14 overall (57.1%) and 2-of-5 on 3-pointers (40.0%).

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 36 points and 9 rebounds on 14-of-26 shooting (53.8%), including 3-of-8 on 3-pointers. Veteran star DeMar DeRozan added 27 points and 7 rebounds on 9-of-21 shooting (42.9%) and 2-of-3 from 3-point range (66.7%).

Beyond Smith, other Houston players in double figures included:

  • Jalen Green: 18 points, 7 assists; 7-of-14 shooting (50.0%), 3-of-7 on 3-pointers (42.9%)

  • KJ Martin: 16 points, 6-of-11 shooting (54.5%), 2-of-4 on 3-pointers (50.0%)

  • Kevin Porter Jr.: 15 oints, 4 rebounds, 4 assists; 5-of-13 shooting (38.5%), 2-of-7 on 3-pointers (28.6%)

  • Tari Eason: 12 points, 4 rebounds; 4-of-4 on 3-pointers

Scroll on for highlights, analysis and postgame interviews. Next up for Houston, as its six-game homestand continues, is Monday’s matchup versus Boston. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Central.


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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire