Rockets vs. Bulls: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Houston Rockets (10-20) play against the Chicago Bulls (10-10) at United Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Monday December 20, 2021

Houston Rockets 90, Chicago Bulls 113 (Q4 08:28)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Tony Bradley with the give & go!
@NBCSChicago | @ToBrad13 pic.twitter.com/ylO3qQDfnu9:56 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Houston was 9-4 since that 1-16 start. With #Bulls playing back-to-back, Rockets rested and at relatively full strength, was not expecting a wire-to-wire blowout tonight, but that’s what it’s been. Bulls up 113-90 mid-4thQ – 9:56 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alfonzo McKinnie and Tyler Cook both in double figures.
You know, just like we all expected. – 9:53 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Christian Wood with 23 points and 11 rebounds – it is his 6th time recording 20+ points and 10+ rebounds over his past 11 games after doing so twice prior this season.
Wood has now scored 20+ points in 36 of his 70 games played as a Rocket. – 9:52 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Closing time.
DeMar DeRozan: 24 points, 5 assists pic.twitter.com/jYHmbSucqv9:52 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Bulls 105, Rockets 83 after 3.
DeRozan, who has 23 on 10 of 17 shooting, has been so good, he should have gotten the assist on his own basket to end the third quarter. Ball with 19. Wood with 23-11, his sixth game with at least 20p, 10r in past 11 games. – 9:51 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 3.
Rockets: 83
Bulls: 105
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/AJZHkZlSNS9:51 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Lonzo Ball completely switched momentum there in last few minutes of 3rd. Rockets were starting to cook offensively. Ball hit a 3, threw a perfect oop to McKinnie and converted an and-one, playing strong, active defense throughout. – 9:50 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
At least the Bulls good… – 9:49 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
I’ve been to Chicago A LOT. If I were the announcing crew I’d promote some food other than pizza 🤷🏻‍♂9:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls up to 22 points scored off TOs. Just relentless all season in that category. – 9:48 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Nasty pass from Alperen Sengun pic.twitter.com/LwHdIhwl3o9:45 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Another crazy good pass from Alperen Sengun pic.twitter.com/6POfqRwRqC9:44 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tyler Cook with a team-high 8 FTAs. – 9:41 PM
Matt Dery @DerySpeaks
Deep dish pizza on the broadcast from Chicago? That hasn’t been done before.
Signed,
American vs Lafayette in Detroit
(Eyeroll) – 9:35 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Bulls average 11 3ptFGM per game. They are 11-20 on 3’s tonight with still 8:19 left in the … third quarter. They lead #Rockets 85-62 – 9:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
We are open for business…where are you listening,….send us your questions.. @Robbie Hummel will answer all of them..college/pro.Listen @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network – 9:30 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Bulls to open quarters tonight:
1st: 9-0
2nd: 6-0
3rd: 6-0
They lead #Rockets 82-62, 9:00 left in 3rdQ – 9:28 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Coby White starts the second half for Alex Caruso – 9:23 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The only downer…Alex Caruso left mid foot sprain. Will not return. – 9:22 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Patrick Williams getting halftime shots up with a cast. Hoopers gotta hoop.
(Not a photographer) pic.twitter.com/XXLtS8cpPA9:21 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Rockets, led by Christian Wood’s 18 points, actually shot the ball well in the first half (51.4% FG, 41.2% 3P), but they forced just three turnovers, the Bulls shot lights out and Chicago is up big, 73-54, at halftime. – 9:13 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Look at how fast Lonzo Ball hustled to inbound this ball. Saw the opening for DeRozan way in advance. pic.twitter.com/TtiIpjeKVh9:11 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bulls entered play averaging 25.6 bench points per game, 29th in NBA
32 in that first half alone: 11 from Coby White (2-4 3P) and 9 from Alfonzo McKinnie (3-3 3P) lead the way – 9:10 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
So far so good.
DeMar DeRozan: 16 pts, 3 ast
Lonzo Ball: 13 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast pic.twitter.com/hzli3MFBYi9:09 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Bulls 73, Rockets 54 at half. Bull shoot 60 %, 52.9 % on 3s, score fourth-most points Rockets have allowed in a first half this season, led by as much as 25. DeRozan with 16, Ball 13. Wood with 17p, 7r. – 9:09 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 73, Rockets 54 at half
DeRozan 16 pts, 3 assists
Ball 13 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assists
White 11 points
Bulls 32 bench points and 18 assists on 27 FGs
Wood 17 pts, 7 rebs – 9:07 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Lonzo Ball held up his arms in the touchdown signal after that fullcourt pass to DeRozan for a hoop. That’s classic. – 9:03 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
C-Wood working in the post. 😤 pic.twitter.com/rrJUGK2UcS8:59 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls starters: 31 points
Bulls bench: 30 points – 8:58 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Caruso left mid-foot sprain. He’s out. Not needed against bum Rockets. – 8:57 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls in a blowout 57-36. 5:58 left 2nd quarter. Ball: 13-4-2. – 8:56 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
In first meeting with the Bulls, Rockets got 59 bench points, then their third-most this season. Have averaged 42.8 bench points per game, the second-most in the NBA in past 13 games. So far, have 11 with most starters back in. – 8:56 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bench points: Bulls 23, Rockets 11
Wouldn’t have guessed that one given Bulls’ shothandedness. – 8:53 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is an impressive half by the Bulls. They’re finishing a back-to-back. They’re playing 3 guys (McKinnie, Dotson, Cook) who aren’t typically in rotation. And they’re almost up 20. – 8:50 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Christmas came early!
Chiefs, Bulls, Duke, and Fast & Furious indoctrination for Henry Eldon Adams is in hyperdrive. pic.twitter.com/BkaTZ9hRxA8:45 PM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
This Rockets defense is ranked 25th on the season, 29th in past 10 games.
They switch without offering any sort of resistance, which gets them into bad matchups. Bulls were attacking those mismatches in that 1st quarter. pic.twitter.com/BZXSwteImn8:43 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets start the 2ndQ w/ turnovers on their 1st 4 possessions. Still haven’t attempted a FG in the w/ 9:36 til halftime. Nwaba’s 2 FT end a Bulls 11-0 run, HOU down 41-28 – 8:43 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Alperen Sengun can’t stop fouling. I know some of those calls were tough, but this is a big part of what’s keeping him from getting heavier minutes. – 8:42 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Alex Caruso has a left mid-foot sprain, will not return tonight. #Bulls8:40 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bulls say Alex Caruso will not return tonight with a sprained left foot. – 8:40 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bulls say Alex Caruso left game with a “left mid-foot sprain” and will not return – 8:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso won’t return with a sprained left foot, per Bulls PR – 8:40 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Alex Caruso (left mid-foot sprain) will miss the remainder of tonight’s game vs. Houston pic.twitter.com/yp5vDl5eN58:40 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Just warming up.
Nikola Vucevic: 8 pts
Ball/DeRozan/McKinnie: 6 pts each pic.twitter.com/m4BSlzxfeG8:37 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 1.
Rockets: 26
Bulls: 35
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/uvmEQJ4e0h8:37 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Bulls 35, Rockets 26 after 1. Bulls hit 5 of 10 3s, Rockets 3 of 9. Rockets not disrupting much. Wood with 10 points, his 12th quarter in double-digit scoring. – 8:36 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Double-edged sword for the Bulls the last week – limited practice time to build up conditioning, and heavy minutes continue in games for several players. Help is coming.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/12/…8:30 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls up 28-22. Vooch getting a ton of touches..8points. Bulls 60%. Wood 10pts – 8:27 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Back-to-back threes from Alfonzo McKinnie! 🔥
@NBCSChicago | @Alfonzo McKinnie pic.twitter.com/703bdzjEcO8:26 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alfonzo McKinnie’s first stint of second 10-day contract begins with back-to-back catch-and-shoot 3s – 8:23 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Bulls guard and noted Aggie Alex Caruso went to the locker room at the time out. – 8:23 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tyler Cook ahead of Tony Bradley in rotation. Set to check in. – 8:22 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Caruso headed to locker room – ruh-roh. – 8:22 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Caruso heads to locker room.
Alfonzo McKinnie and Devon Dotson getting 1st quarter burn – 8:21 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Vooch with the FOOTWORK.
@NBCSChicago | @Nikola Vucevic pic.twitter.com/WjCnqa6Yd78:20 PM

Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
After falling down 9-0, Rockets make it a 2-point game, behind 8 points from Christian Wood – 8:19 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
It’s early but that Armoni 3 was much needed. Rockets picking up some rhythm here down 13-10 with 7 minutes to go in the first. – 8:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets’ start could hardly be worse. Bulls needed four seconds to score. Rockets 0 for 4 with 2 turnovers and two missed free throws. Bulls up 9-0 in three minutes. – 8:14 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Fastest bucket of the season?!
@NBCSChicago | @Javonte Green pic.twitter.com/72Z72fWNUy8:12 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
#Rockets starters in Chicago. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Hz4b6Q1XIZ8:09 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
We will give you a shout out tonight @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy @Robbie Hummel filling in for Bill. – 7:52 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets starters tonight vs Bulls:
Tate, Mathews, Wood, Brooks, Gordon
Bulls starters: Green, DeRozan, Vucevic, Caruso, Ball – 7:49 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
For those at the Bears game…join us on the radio @670TheScore ..for those of you flipping back and forth…catch Bulls ball on @670TheScore @Audacy @chicagobulls radio network 6:45 – 7:44 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Rockets starters:
Armoni Brooks
Eric Gordon
Garrison Matthews
Jae’Sean Tate
Christian Wood – 7:32 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets starters vs. Chicago: Brooks, Gordon, Mathews, Tate and Wood. – 7:32 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Tate, Mathews, Wood, Brooks, Gordon.
Bulls starters: Green, DeRozan, Vucevic, Caruso, Ball. – 7:32 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Same starters tonight vs. Houston.
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/kj57jlDTSv7:30 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
ICYMI: “I was frustrated. In my mind I was like ‘Man, it’s never going to come.’ I was planning on doing something else with my life”
Garrison Mathews almost walked away from the NBA 2 months ago. He stuck with it, and now he’s part of the Rockets future audacy.com/sportsradio610…7:11 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
“They’re both progressing fine. Jalen’s progressing quicker, and he’s very close to playing.”
Stephen Silas updated the status of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr and provided a timetable for when they could return audacy.com/sportsradio610…7:08 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
📍 CHICAGO
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/54ko17ekMO6:58 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan said, upon testing, Derrick Jones Jr.’s hamstring injury “doesn’t look too bad.” Doesn’t believe it’ll be a long-term absence
Team plans to re-evaluate DJJ after next two games, which would make him out Wed vs. TOR. Bulls have three off-days right after that – 6:38 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas says the hope is to have Jalen Green back on the floor in the next 3 games, before Christmas, while Kevin Porter Jr’s return will not come until after Christmas – 6:36 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Coach Silas says the goal is for Jalen Green to play before the Christmas break (within the next 3 games). KPJ is likely to play after Christmas. – 6:35 PM
Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider
Jalen Green will ‘hopefully’ return in the next three games, “before Christmas break”. Kevin Porter Jr. “right after” Christmas break. Jalen is “very close to playing”. #Rockets6:35 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Stephen Silas said Jalen Green can hopefully return within the next three games. – 6:35 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Head Coach Billy Donovan says Derrick Jones Jr hamstring is not long term. Will be re- evaluated after Christmas. @Chicago Bulls @670TheScore 6:45 pre @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network. – 6:20 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan said he doesn’t think Derrick Jones Jr. will be long-term with his hamstring issue. – 6:18 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
f the NBA had to show 5 classic Christmas games in lieu of live games, what are the best 5 with the caveat that no team or player could appear 2x?
I’d go…
1984 Knicks-Nets
1990 Bulls-Pistons
2003 Cavs-Magic
2004 Lakers-Heat
2018 Celtics-76ers – 6:17 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls list seven players as OUT for tonight’s game: LaVine, Donsumu, Johnson, Thomas, Brown, Jones and Williams. 6:45 pre @Chicago Bulls @audacy @670TheScore a busy night in Chicago. That’s why God invented the radio. Multi task at home @UnitedCenter @SoldierField 🙂 – 6:02 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
It’s our @goaawol digital shirt toss time!
RT now for a chance to win – the only way to get this crewneck. pic.twitter.com/W0x0rX2ht75:45 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Let’s run it back tonight, Chicago!
@LiquiMolyUSA | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/RhCY7DxAWS5:20 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Rockets are 10-20 right now. Which of these two season outcomes do you think would be best for the future/development of the Rockets? – 4:36 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Clean L2M report from Bulls-Lakers. Players were barking a lot last night. Crew aced crunch time at least. – 4:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets’ Christian Wood: No issues with knee since returning ift.tt/3FhVXrd4:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – After brief absence, Rockets’ Armoni Brooks expected to play vs. Bulls ift.tt/3IYJ0Vw4:18 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
See you tonight, @Chicago Bulls 👋
⏰ 7:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/rs2fqVIfpK4:00 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Bulls sign Alfonzo McKinnie to second 10-day contract sportando.basketball/en/bulls-sign-…3:50 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
“Come fly with me!”
Our @DunkinDonuts Dunk of the Week: pic.twitter.com/2qRpXV3Gko3:26 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
The best defense DeAndre Jordan played against the Bulls was while Javonte Green was on the FT line…
and it still didn’t work. pic.twitter.com/BiJeGnYkW83:23 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“DeMar DeRozan, without question, has been the best free agent signing.”
@LegsESPN and @BCusterTV think that DeRozan’s dominate performance over the Lakers proves he’s playing the best basketball of his career.
#BullsNation pic.twitter.com/noQV5knq4y2:46 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Vooch block on Bron.
Javonte Green putback miss.
This had potential of being one of the best plays of the year 🥵 pic.twitter.com/7dloHoFFEp2:37 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
As of this morning, only 10 NBA teams didn’t have a player in the health and safety protocols:
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards – 2:29 PM
Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic
OTD in 1989, Otis Smith and the Magic overcome Michael Jordan’s 52 PTS & 7 AST as they defeated the Chicago Bulls 110-109 ✨
@MountainDew x #MagicTogether pic.twitter.com/RySgC6OOrY2:08 PM





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