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Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dwight Howard scored 23 points on 11-of-14 
shooting  and  grabbed nine rebounds as  the Houston Rockets pulled away for a 
109-94 victory over the overmatched Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. 

Chandler  Parsons  and James  Harden  each  scored  19 points,  while  Patrick 
Beverley  and Omri  Casspi contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the 
Rockets,  who shot 53.7 percent from the field en route to their fourth win in 
six games. 

"I  thought we did some good stuff offensively," said Rockets head coach Kevin 
McHale,  who  had missed the  three previous games  following the death of his 
mother. 

The Bulls,  losers in  three straight and  six of seven  overall, were led by 
Jimmy Butler's 20 points. 

"When  you  lose, it's  not fun, but  we have to  keep battling," Bulls center 
Joakim Noah said. 

Chicago was done in by a six-minute field goal drought that stretched into the 
fourth  quarter. Houston's  subsequent  17-1 flurry  --  highlighted by  seven 
points  from  Casspi --  turned  a  three-point  Houston  lead into  an  85-66 
advantage in the opening minute of the fourth. 

Eight  of the Bulls' 17 turnovers came  in the pivotal third quarter, and the 
closest they came in the final period was 14 points. 

Even  though the Rockets essentially led wire-to-wire, it was a one-possession 
game for a good portion of the second quarter. 

Parsons drained a 3-pointer during a 7-0 Rockets run that pushed their lead to 
46-36  late  in the half,  and Beverley beat  the halftime buzzer with another 
triple for a 57-46 cushion. 

                                   Game Notes 

Howard  was one  rebound shy of a seventh straight double-double ... Chicago's 
Luol  Deng had 18  points and Carlos Boozer chipped in with 17 in the loss ... 
Chicago has lost four straight meetings against Houston.

 
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