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The shorthanded Rockets handle the Bulls in Houston

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 27: Eric Gordon
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 27: Eric Gordon

The Rockets, though shorthanded, defeated the Bulls tonight by over 30 points in Houston.

The Houston Rockets are now winners of 10 in a row. Just like that. They continued their winning streak even though they were without key players against a tanking Chicago Bulls squad.

Houston now 61-14 and in firm control of the first spot in the Western Conference. They are now 6 games up on the Warriors, though Golden State will play tonight.

The Rockets rested both James Harden and Clint Capela tonight as the team approaches the postseason. Luc Mbah a Moute also missed the game as he is recovering from a minor knee injury.

Let’s look at the stats from the game:

Key Stats

Eric Gordon: 31 points, 8/13 from 3

Chris Paul: 13 points, 10 assists, 4 steals

Trevor Ariza: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals

How the Rockets won

The Rockets, though without three of their best players, still managed to beat the lowly Bulls by 30 points. Eric Gordon’s insane production was a key factor in the win.

EG dropped 31 points on 11/17 shooting overall. If he can keep up this type of production heading into the playoffs, the Rockets will be even more unstoppable.

Nene played some solid minutes after hardly appearing in any games over the past couple of weeks. He is resting up as the playoffs approach but put in 10 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Chris Paul was great, too, and he got some rest at the end. CP3 had a double-double and was able to play under 30 minutes.

The defense of the Rockets held the Bulls to just 38% shooting overall. This defensive effort should put the Rockets into the top-5 in defensive rating as they were at 6th before the game.

The next game, and last of March, for Houston, is on Friday against the Suns. They look to make it just one loss in the last two months as they take on Phoenix.

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