The Houston Rockets blew out the Chicago Bulls at United Center on Saturday. Let’s take a look at Houston’s player grades from the team’s third consecutive win.
The Houston Rockets have had a fairly easy schedule to start the season, and they’re taking advantage of it. After consecutive wins against the rebuilding Grizzlies and the injury-riddled Warriors, the Rockets took care of business in Chicago, beating the struggling Bulls 117-94.
The Bulls got off to a fast start, leading Houston 27-20 after the opening quarter. The Rockets found a rhythm in the second period and took a 50-49 lead into halftime. The Bulls shot just 2-of-17 from 3-point range in the first half, so Houston should’ve built a bigger lead, but 15 turnovers and six missed free throws in the first half cost the Rockets a bigger point advantage.
In the second half, however, the Rockets took control of the game. James Harden and Russell Westbrook out scored the Bulls 22-18 in the third quarter alone, and Houston forced Chicago into more turnovers (seven) than field goals (six) in the period.
The Rockets kept the pressure on in the fourth period, as Westbrook went on a 4-0 run to halt an early quarter comeback attempt by the Bulls. The Rockets controlled the entire second half and led by as much as 28 points in the final period. Let’s take a look at how well each individual played in this game.
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