HOUSTON – Danuel House Jr. had 18 points, Christian Wood added 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Houston Rockets ended their losing streak at 15, beating the Chicago Bulls 118-113 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Porter Jr. had 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists after missing three games with a bruised left thigh. Second overall pick, Jalen Green scored 11 points in the first quarter before retiring with a left leg injury.
“Awesome. Unbelievable. Excited,” House said. “So many words to say on this one question alone. We are grateful for that, but we can’t take our hat off.”
House scored all 18 points in the second half after not playing at all in the first half. Houston coach Stephen Silas called House’s impact “huge.”
“He’s been in and out of the rotation,” Silas said. “He played eight minutes in the last game. I wanted to get him out just so he could continue to believe his hard work would pay off, and tonight he really made a difference.”
Houston improved to 2-16. He shot 50 percent from the field and was 17 of 36 on 3, passing 8 of 11 behind the arc in the third quarter.
“It feels good, and when you do 17 3, it looks a lot better,” Silas said. “We used to get some of these shots before and shoot 25% instead of 47%. We were in our points of separation. It looked a lot better because we were doing them. “
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 28 points. Lonzo Ball added 19 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and seven assists and Alex Caruso scored 15 points.
Nikola Vucevic scored 14 points and 13 rebounds on his return after missing seven games in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Chicago coach Billy Donovan said the Rockets were more aggressive at halftime. Houston outscored the Bulls 35-18 in the third quarter.
“We just just released and messed up the game, and before you know it we’re down 10 after being up 10,” Donovan said. “I have to help this group figure it out and figure that out. We’re a really good team, but we’re not that good that we can’t come up and play in a quarterback in an NBA game and hope to win. “
Chicago reduced Houston’s lead to three on LaVine’s layup, but House responded with a 3 to increase the lead to 109-103 with 2:23 remaining. After the teams traded baskets, Caruso scored 3 points with 47 seconds left to reduce the lead to 111-108.
Garrison Matthews responded with a corner 3 with 25 seconds left, and Houston pushed House’s two free throw lead to eight with 16 seconds left. LaVine scored 3 points and, after a steal, connected on a long two with two seconds left to reduce the lead to 116-113.
After a time out, Matthews made two free throws to score the victory.
Trailing 73-63 midway through the third, Houston finished the quarter ahead of the Bulls 27-9 to take a 90-82 lead to a 3-point score from House with 30 seconds left in the third. . House had 10 points in the race and Armoni Brooks added eight.
Bulls: Caruso (bruised left wrist) also returned to the lineup after missing Monday’s game against Indiana. … The Bulls held a 50-42 advantage in points in the paint. … Chicago forced Houston to make 21 turnovers, which the Bulls turned into 35 points.
Rockets: Alperen Sengun had 13 points, Brooks had 11 points and Matthews had 12 points as the Houston bench finished with 59 points. … The Rockets had a 45-41 advantage in the rebounds. … Houston had a 16-2 second-chance points advantage.
Bulls: in Orlando Friday night.
Rockets: Host Charlotte on Saturday night.