HOUSTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Dwight Howard made 11-of-14 shots from the field Wednesday and scored 23 points, pacing Houston to a 109-94 victory over Chicago.
The Rockets held the Bulls scoreless for a stretch of almost five minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters to break open the game. The Bulls lost their third in a row and fell for the sixth time in seven outings.
Houston had a seven-point lead when Chicago went into its scoring drought. The Rockets built an 85-66 lead less than a minute deep in the fourth period.
Jimmy Butler scored 20 points to lead the Bulls and Luol Deng added 18.