game night from united center: Houston (9-23, 3-13 on the road) at Bulls (14-18, 7-7) 7 p.m.
Radio: 670 Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, Alyssa Bergamini. 6:45 a.m.
TV: NBCSC: Adam Amin & Stacey King: 7 p.m.
prominent Scorers: Bulls: DeRozan: 25 ppg. Houston: Green: 21 ppg.
leading rebounders: Bulls: Vucevic: 10 per. Houston: Sangun: 8 per.
leading assistant: Bulls : DeRozan : 4.9 per. Houston: Porter: 5 per.
CCI Preview: The Bulls took the lead in the first of a four game home stand against a Houston team in the basement of the Western Conference.
The Bulls played excellent basketball to end their road trip with three consecutive wins. DeMar DeRozan averaged 26-5-6 on the trip. He assisted on 26 buckets and committed just four turnovers in that span. Zach LaVine averaged 25-4-5 on the trip and has five straight games shooting 50% or better from the field. Nikola Vucevic has four straight games of scoring 20+ points. He has had two double-double games in his last three starts.
The Rockets have suffered five straight falls and are in the first phase of a major rebuild. They have the second youngest roster (23 years 58 days) in the league. Houston has the ideal coach in Stephen Silas who is patient but at the same time challenges his team to develop good habits that will take them through different stages of development. Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Kevin Porter Jr., Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith have tremendous upside potential, but it will take time, including the fact that the Rockets will be in the highly coveted “Victor Wambanyama Sweepstakes.”
The Bulls will need to be motivated and fresh with two days off to continue their winning streak at the United Centre.
CCI 24 Seconds NBA News & Notes
Boston 139, Milwaukee 118, Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown combined for 70 points, ending Milwaukee’s first three-game losing streak. The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 24–10. Rs are 22-11.
Dallas 124, Los Angeles Lakers 115 , The Mavs scored 51 third quarter points. Luka Doncic and Christian Wood combined for 62 points. LeBron James with 38-6-5 games.
Golden State 123, Memphis 109, The Warriors won despite the absence of Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins. Jordan Poole scored 32 points. Golden State is 13–2 at home.
Denver 128, Phoenix 125 OT, Nikola Jokic recorded his 83rd career triple double: 41-15-14. Jokic played a 40-27-10 game last week.
Philadelphia 119, New York 122, The 76ers won their eighth straight; The Knicks suffered their third consecutive defeat. The Knicks fell to 23–32 in the Christmas Day game.
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