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Howard's big night leads Rockets past Bulls

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard scored 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as the Houston Rockets pulled away for a 109-94 victory over the overmatched Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Chandler Parsons and James Harden each scored 19 points, while Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who shot 53.7 percent from the field en route to their fourth win in six games.

"I thought we did some good stuff offensively," said Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who had missed the three previous games following the death of his mother.

The Bulls, losers in three straight and six of seven overall, were led by Jimmy Butler's 20 points.

"When you lose, it's not fun, but we have to keep battling," Bulls center Joakim Noah said.

Chicago was done in by a six-minute field goal drought that stretched into the fourth quarter. Houston's subsequent 17-1 flurry -- highlighted by seven points from Casspi -- turned a three-point Houston lead into an 85-66 advantage in the opening minute of the fourth.

Eight of the Bulls' 17 turnovers came in the pivotal third quarter, and the closest they came in the final period was 14 points.

Even though the Rockets essentially led wire-to-wire, it was a one-possession game for a good portion of the second quarter.

Parsons drained a 3-pointer during a 7-0 Rockets run that pushed their lead to 46-36 late in the half, and Beverley beat the halftime buzzer with another triple for a 57-46 cushion.

Game Notes

Howard was one rebound shy of a seventh straight double-double ... Chicago's Luol Deng had 18 points and Carlos Boozer chipped in with 17 in the loss ... Chicago has lost four straight meetings against Houston.

12/19 02:03:09 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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KAN 0
 
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MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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RUTG 24
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
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MARS 35
FATL 16
 
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
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MSU 35
MICH 11
 
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
 
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 45
 
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CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
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LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
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TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
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COLST 24
WYO 3
 
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LSU 0
MISS 7
 
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TENN 0
ALA 20
 
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AUB 14
SCAR 14
 
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PSU 0
OSU 7
 
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UTAH
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WASH
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR 0
BOS 1
 
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NYI 4
DAL 4
 
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PHI 1
DET 1
 
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OTT 1
NJD 1
 
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MON 1
NYR 1
 
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STL 1
CHI 1
 
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NAS 0
PIT 1
 
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MIN 3
TAM 1
 
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14