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Houston Rockets Maul Bulls Behind Best Defensive Effort of Season

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Feb 4, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) high fives forward Trevor Ariza (1) after scoring against the Chicago Bulls in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 101 tom90. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Recap:

The Rockets began their week with their first 2-days off in a row since Josh Smith joined the team. They got dealt a blow when they learned their star center Dwight Howard would be out much longer than the originally predicted week to ten days.  Following a bone marrow aspiration injection it was determined Howard will miss a minimum of a month.

Adding to the woes of the week All-Star James Harden entered the week pretty banged up having hurt both knees in games last week. First he banged the right knee twice versus Dallas which left him sporting a contusion and playing through soreness. Then in Detroit he hurt the right knee and after lying on the floor for a significant time left the floor walking gingerly. Like the warrior he is he returned to play the second half and tried to will his Rockets in a come back effort ultimately falling short.

Adding to the concerning news about Howard was the fact Harden missed practice and was listed as questionable for the Chicago game. In truth, seeing Harden suited up to play wasn’t a surprise for anyone who watched his leadership during the first foray of Howard’s injury absence.

While Rocket fans knew the squad had revenge for the earlier loss this season to the Bulls on their mind it’s doubtful any expected it to be such a thorough thrashing. More impressive than Harden’s 22 point first half was how the team banded together to compete on both ends of the court and watching as one by one a different Rocket stepped up to assert themselves in the rout.

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