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Thursday, March 13th (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (44-20) at Chicago Bulls (35-29), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - It appears both the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls will reach the playoffs, but the two squads are coming off losing efforts.

Something has to give when the Rockets pay a visit to the Bulls Thursday night at the United Center. The Rockets opened a tough three-game road trip with Tuesday's 106-98 loss at Oklahoma City, as James Harden netted 28 points and Chandler Parsons added 19.

Dwight Howard was limited to nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Houston, which had a five-game winning streak stopped and fell to 18-13 on the road. The Rockets missed several opportunities to keep their winning streak intact.

"We missed 15 layups out there," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "We went in there soft tonight. We didn't attack the rim."

The Rockets are fourth in the Western Conference standings, one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers and four off the top seed.

Houston will close the trip Sunday afternoon in Miami.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will continue their quest for a playoff spot and a six- game homestand versus the Rockets.

Chicago has alternated results in the last six games and dropped to 1-2 on the stay with Tuesday's 104-96 loss to San Antonio. Chicago was down 38-14 after the first quarter and a second-half surge fell short.

"There's nothing to take (from a game) when you get down by 30 and then make a run at the end. We've got to get it figured out," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said.

D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, while Joakim Noah rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. The Bulls shot 42.7 percent and committed 14 turnovers.

The Bulls have a 19-12 record as the host and are fourth in the East standings, 1 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors. They still have Sacramento and Oklahoma City slated to visit the United Center.

Chicago suffered a 109-94 loss at Houston on Dec. 18 and was led by Butler's 20 points. Howard had 23 points in that one and both Harden and Parsons ended with 19 for the Rockets, who have won four in a row in this series.

Houston is 7-3 in the last 10 trips to the Windy City.

03/13 11:38:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
 
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
2nd
UWGB 53
ARKLR 44
 
2nd
RAD 53
CORN 45
 
2nd
UNT 51
CREI 31
 
2nd
CAN 46
HC 32
 
2nd
USB 44
GHND 39
 
2nd
OKST 39
MD 51
 
2nd
WINT 64
REIN 53
 
2nd
UGST 56
SMISS 40
 
2nd
NEOM 53
TXPA 44
 
2nd
STLU 38
VERM 36
 
2nd
UNCA 54
WCU 39
 
2nd
EVAN 53
ALAST 57
 
2nd
HART 42
FIU 31
 
Half
VALPO 38
GOSHEN 25
 
1st
LIP 18
PEAY 5
 
1st
DEN 4
BRY 7
 
1st
MONT 14
SD 15
 
1st
MTST 24
TENST 5
 
3:25pm Today
SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
4th
NOS 7
ATL 20
 
3rd
HOU 19
BAL 7
 
4th
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
4th
CHI 14
DET 10
 
4th
TAM 3
GBP 13
 
4th
PIT 17
KAN 6
 
4th
MIA 21
MIN 17
 
4th
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA