With another great performance from Zach LaVine and Coby White, the Chicago Bulls liquidated the Houston Rockets in the third quarter and prevailed by 120-100. In this way the Rockets suffer their eighth consecutive defeat and further aggravate their present.
The top scorer of the game was Coby White with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists; although he had to miss a large part of the second half due to a strong blow suffered. While he was very well accompanied by Zach LaVine, who signed a final list of 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
On the other hand, Wendell Carter Jr. finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Rookie Patrick Williams had 14 points and 7 rebounds. And Thaddeus Young had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench, being one of the best in the third quarter.
The visitors began leading by 22 to 7 in the first quarter, but Houston quickly recovered and came in front by 35 to 31. But a devastating third period for the Bulls, again took them away from the Rockets on the scoreboard, reaching at the end of the game with everything sentenced.
The Bulls closed the game with a 53.8 percent shooting from the field, against a poor 38.5 percent for the Rockets. While in triples those of Chicago closed with a 41.7 percent efficiency, against 32.5 percent of Houston.
On the Rockets’ side, without Victor Oladipo, Christian Wood and with a DeMarcus Cousins who already seems to have his days numbered, no one excelled beyond what David Nwaba did. The former Bulls, finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds off the bench.
While John Wall and Eric Gordon, responsible for carrying the team’s offense, did not respond as needed from them. Wall closed the night 15 points, 7 assists and a weak 4 of 14 from the field. Gordon, for his part, signed a roster of 13 points and 4 assists, also with poor success rates. The guard had a 1 of 10 in triples and a 5 of 18 from the field.
Another highlight was the night of PJ Tucker. The player involved in transfer rumors did not add a point or an assist in his 23 minutes on the court. His roster is only completed by 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
This is Chicago’s fourth win in its last five games. From five losses below 50 percent wins, they are now just two games away from matching their 14-16 record; that has them among the 10 best teams in the Eastern Conference and therefore in a play-in position momentarily.
Houston, meanwhile, does not appear to be able to stop its losing streak. They are already eight consecutive falls of the team led by Stephen Silas. Those of Texas have lost several times from this losing streak by a difference greater than 15 points. With an 11-18 record, he is second to last in the Western Conference.
The Bulls’ next game will be on Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Rockets will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
(Cover photo by Carmen Mandato / .)