The Houston Rockets weren't going to let Chicago's run of 26 straight home victories get in the way of their own winning streak.
Kenny Smith had 25 points and Sleepy Floyd added 21 as Houston extended its winning streak to 12 games Monday night and ended the Bulls' 26-game streak at Chicago Stadium with a 100-90 victory on Monday night.Houston coach Don Chaney said the Rockets are "on a mission knowing that their streak is on the line."
The Rockets have won 15 of their last 16 games and held their opponents to under 100 points for the fourth straight game and for the 36th time this season.
"We have really matured as a team. . . . We are winning games playing hard at the defensive end," Chaney said. "If we play to our ability, we know it would create the turnovers, keep the score down and we would win."
Houston forced 18 turnovers, leading to 26 points, as the Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 35 home games this season. The Bulls had not been defeated at home since a 109-101 loss to Portland on Dec. 8.
"We're doing the same things we have been doing - everybody is contributing," Smith said. "There's a lot of consistency and two or three guys are rising to the occasion."
"Houston showed why they are the hottest team in the league," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "They have quickness, strength, rebounding and they play tough defense."