NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 23rd (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (19-22) at Houston Rockets (24-18), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls hope to build on a rare road win tonight as the club resumes a grueling, seven-game trip in south Texas against the Houston Rockets.
The Bulls improved to 1-2 on the trek and just 5-15 away from the Windy City this season with an impressive 115-104 win over Phoenix last night. Derrick Rose netted 32 points and Luol Deng added 23 in that one.
"I was just taking the shots that they were giving me," Rose said. "They were giving me mid-range so I was taking it...I've been working on my form and getting the ball up and it paid off."
Joakim Noah chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons each scored 14 for the Bulls.
Chicago, which hasn't won consecutive road games all season, finishes its trip with visits to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
The Rockets, who are kicking off a season-long six-game homestand tonight, are coming off a huge road win of their own, a 116-109 triumph over Southwest Division rival San Antonio last night.
Kyle Lowry and Aaron Brooks scored 23 points apiece and combined to account for 18 points in the final quarter in that one.
Lowry added nine assists and six rebounds and Brooks seven assists. Both provided clutch minutes down the stretch in a close fourth quarter, as did Carl Landry, who put in 10 of his 19 points in the final 12 minutes.
"This was a good win for our team. We had a good couple of days at practice and it all came together. This was a huge win for us and we really needed it," Lowry said. "We took advantage of opportunities in the paint and capitalized on the speed of Aaron and me. This team makes plays when we get in the paint."
Shane Battier chipped in 14 points and Trevor Ariza and Luis Scola added 13 points each for the Rockets, who won for the third in four games.
Houston, which has won 10 of 11 at home and is 13-5 at Toyota Center, will also face Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Phoenix and Golden State on its residency.
01/23 10:46:31 ET