Those special holiday-red uniforms apparently produced nothing but a silent night for the Chicago Bulls as four Houston Rockets starters netted at least 20 points on their way to a 120-97 win over the Bulls, who hosted at the United Center on NBA Christmas Day.
James Harden had 26 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row for the first time this season. Omer Asik displayed his net value stacking 20 points and 18 rebounds against his former team. Meanwhile, Bulls forward Carlos Boozer scored twice on his first two shots of the game, then went 1-for-9 the rest of the game. It was exactly the type of night that I said that Bulls needed to avoid. Clearly, the message wasn’t received.
One bright spot was that point guard Nate Robinson dropped 27 points for the Bulls (15-12), all in the second half, as the squad played catch-up all night. That certainly needs to change. The Bulls trailed by as much as 35 in the game, and the closest they got in the second half was 15 points. It was such a bust that Luol Deng and Joakim Noah actually sat the fourth quarter. Pass the egg nog, please.
Next stop: The Bulls will face the Indiana Pacers on the road on Wednesday.
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