Bulls wrap up road trip in Houston
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls play the finale of a six-game road trip
tonight, as they visit the slumping Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Bulls are
scheduled to host the Rockets on January 20, 2006 at the United Center.
The Rockets have won five straight after losing the last three meetings in
this series. Chicago has lost three straight and five of its last six at
The last time the Bulls defeated the Rockets was on January 26, 2003 in the
The Bulls are 2-3 on the current swing. On Friday, Chris Duhon scored 18
points and Ben Gordon added 19 off the bench, as Chicago knocked off the
world champion San Antonio Spurs, 106-99, at SBC Center.
Duhon also had seven assists in the win over San Antonio for the Bulls, while
Luol Deng added another 17 points off the bench for Chicago, which won its
second straight game. Kirk Hinrich chipped in a double-double with 10 points
and 10 assists in the win.
Chicago, which defeated the Lakers last Sunday at the Staples Center, is 2-4
on the road this season. The Bulls return home on Tuesday to host the Orlando
Houston has lost six straight games and begins a four-game homestand tonight.
On Friday, Shane Battier scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth
quarter to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an 86-81 victory over the Rockets at
The Rockets were once again without All-Star Tracy McGrady in the loss to
Memphis. Jon Barry led Houston with 16 points off the bench, while center Yao
Ming registered 15 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
McGrady sat out his fourth consecutive contest with a strained back. Houston
is 0-7 without him in the lineup this season. He is questionable for tonight’s
The Rockets are just 1-4 at home this season. They will also host Atlanta,
Memphis and Boston on the current stand.