Bulls hand Rockets second loss in a row

Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half, Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double and the ulls posted a 111-87, wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night in Chicago.

Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score.

Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points for Chicago, going five for six on three-pointers, Carlos Boozer added 18 points, D.J. Augustin had 13 and Jimmy Butler 11.

The Bulls improved to 2-2 on their six-game homestand.


The Rockets have dropped two in a row. Reserve guard Jeremy Lin led Houston with 21 points, while Dwight Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. James Harden had eight points on two-for-seven shooting in 27 minutes.

at Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 97: Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks win their first back-to-back victories in nearly six weeks.

Jeff Teague added 22 points, including eight in the final period when the struggling teams traded the lead several times. Atlanta went ahead for good, 90-89, when Korver made a three-pointer with 2:15 left.

Both teams entered the contest having lost 14 of their previous 16 games. The Hawks (28-35) have plummeted to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They lead the surging Knicks (26-40), who have won five in a row, by 3 1/2 games for the final playoff spot.


Brandon Knight and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points each for Milwaukee (13-52), which has the worst record in the NBA.

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