Kevin Porter Jr. scored 15 of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets ended a five-game losing streak with a 133-118 win over the home team Chicago Bulls.
After Chicago slashed its deficit by 19 points to 109-100, Porter responded with three consecutive pointers and a mid-range pull that allowed the Rockets to finally take control of a back-and-forth situation.
However, Porter was of great help as Alperen Sengun added 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists while Jalen Green scored 24 points and 6 rebounds.
Porter, who added nine assists and seven chessboards, and Green each hit six 3-pointers while shooting a 12 to 22 composite from deep. The Rockets scored 55.6% of the goals and 17 of 44 (38.6%) from 3-pointers.
DeMar DeRozan leads Chicago with 31 points and 9 assists. Zach LaVine scored 22 points and Coby White got 14 from the bench for the Bulls, who had a three-game winning streak.
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Excited by a first-half finish that gave Chicago a one-point advantage after halftime, the Bulls opened the third with a explosive 9-3, extending their lead to 74-67, billion their biggest difference in the match.
Houston called the timeout to slow the cataclysm and responded with a 17-1 scoreline that featured three of Sengun’s pitches, including a pitch during the transition and, due to a foul, resulting in a throw. penalty, giving Houston a one-point lead. Porter added an alley shot after Green’s pass as Houston took an 84-75 lead with 5:12 to play.
The Rockets scored the first 10 points of the competition and took a 23-5 lead in Sengun’s three-point match. Chicago, mostly behind reserve defender Goran Dragic and 10 points in his first half when coming on from the bench, were down eight points from that deficit late in the first half, a quarter in that Rockets fired 12/12 from inside the arc.
DeRozan pulled the Bulls back into contention with a blitz that included two three-point runs sandwiched around a pullup jumper, with DeRozan’s final free-throw in that sequence giving Houston a 46 lead -42. The Rockets appeared to have established control as they extended their lead to dozens of points, but Chicago took the first half lead by a 15-3 margin.
LaVine scored nine points throughout the rally through an alley pitch, a 3-pointer and another whistle that ended the first half and gave the Bulls a 65-64 lead at halftime.
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