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Tuesday, March 1st (All times eastern)

Houston Rockets (32-24) at Chicago Bulls (29-24), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets try to halt a three-game losing skid tonight when they visit the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Since winning eight-in-a-row, the Rockets have fallen to Seattle, San Antonio and Utah. On Sunday, they dropped a 99-92 contest to the visiting Jazz.

Tracy McGrady scored 23 points and recently acquired Mike James added 21 for the Rockets, who currently sit sixth in the Western Conference standings.

Yao Ming and David Wesley each netted 12 points and Juwan Howard chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds for Houston, which made 50 percent (32-of-64) of its attempts from the field. The Rockets were just 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.

The Rockets had lost only twice in their previous 14 games before the current skid.

Houston will visit Washington on Wednesday, and plays six of its next seven games, including tonight, on the road.

Chicago, meanwhile, has won two straight and six of its last seven games. On Saturday, Antonio Davis had 20 points and six rebounds to lead the red-hot Bulls to a 94-90 win over the host Charlotte Bobcats.

Eddy Curry recorded 16 points and seven boards for the Bulls, who are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference race. Othella Harrington had 12 points off the bench, while Kirk Hinrich and rookie Ben Gordon each netted 11.

The Bulls will visit San Antonio on Friday to kick off a stretch that has them on the road for five-of-six games.

Houston defeated Chicago, 105-92, on February 9 at the Toyota Center and has won four straight games in the series.

The Bulls have dropped three straight, and five of their last six in Houston.

03/01 10:39:48 ET

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