CHICAGO – Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Luis Scola added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets rallied to beat Chicago 99-93 Monday night, giving the Bulls back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
The Bulls had gone a franchise-record 86 regular-season games without dropping two in a row, second only to Utah’s 95-game run in the late 1990s. But after getting mauled by Oklahoma City, they fell again for the second time in as many days, dropping a wild game that saw several major swings in momentum.
The Rockets trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and were down 13 in the third, but two big runs turned this one around. A 14-1 binge tied it at 62 late in the quarter, and they had a 17-2 burst that started in the final minute of the third and gave them an 84-72 lead.
Chase Budinger chipped in with 13 points, hitting three big three-pointers early in the fourth. Courtney Lee scored 13, and Marcus Camby had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Luol Deng led Chicago with 24 points, while Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, but it was another rough outing for the Bulls.
BUCKS 112, WIZARDS 98: In Washington, Brandon Jennings scored 17 of his 19 points in the third quarter and Milwaukee pulled within two games of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with an unsightly win.
Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points apiece, Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.
GRIZZLIES 94, THUNDER 88: In Oklahoma City, O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, including a key three-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Memphis prevented Oklahoma City from tying for league-leading Chicago for the NBA’s best record.
Tony Allen added 15 points and Marc Gasol scored 13 for the Grizzlies.
CLIPPERS 94, MAVERICKS 75: In Dallas, Randy Foye had 28 points with a career-high eight three-pointers and Los Angeles won its sixth consecutive game for its longest winning streak in two decades.
Blake Griffin had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who last won six in a row in March 1992.