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Bloodied Bulls rout slumping Rockets

CHICAGO — Mike Dunleavy caught an elbow just above the right eye while drawing a charge early in the second quarter Thursday night and left a trail of blood on the court as he ran into the Bulls locker room.

After getting 10 stitches to close the gash, Dunleavy returned in the second half to score all of his 21 point to help Chicago pull away for a 111-87 victory over the Rockets.

"I just knew once they got the stitches done I was coming back," he said. "It was a pretty tough hit. My neck is sore — there's some whiplash-type stuff — and we're a little concerned about that, but overall, obviously, I felt pretty good in the second half.

"The hit knocked a little sense into me, I guess."

Former Gator standout Joakim Noah flirted with another triple double, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple double this season but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score.

It was a team effort, but the play of Dunleavy, a former Duke standout, was the focus in the locker room.

"I think it inspired the team," Noah said. "He had a huge knot on his head looking like (former boxer Evander) Holyfield, the white version, coming out there putting on a new jersey, gutting it out in the second half shows, it was good for Duke's street credibility.''

The Bulls jumped out to an 18-10 lead eight minutes into the game and Houston never threatened.

The Rockets have dropped two straight. Reserve guard Jeremy Lin led Houston with 21, while Dwight Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. James Harden had eight points on 2-for-7 shooting in 27 minutes.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 29 as the host Thunder routed the Lakers 131-102. … Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 in the fourth quarter to help the host Hawks beat the Bucks 102-97 for Atlanta's first back-to-back victories in six weeks. Korver's 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 90-89 edge with 2:15 left.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the league for inappropriate comments toward game officials. Wall made the remarks on the court after a loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday. … Lakers guard Steve Nash will not return to action this season. Nash, 40, has been plagued by nerve irritation in his left leg. … Hawks center Al Horford said he won't try and return for the playoffs if the team makes the postseason. The Gator tore his right pectoral muscle Dec. 26 and hasn't played since.

Bulls 111, Rockets 87

HOUSTON (87): Parsons 1-11 0-0 2, Jones 1-7 0-0 2, Howard 5-7 2-2 12, Beverley 3-9 3-4 9, Harden 2-7 3-4 8, Lin 7-13 6-6 21, Asik 2-3 2-4 6, Garcia 2-4 0-0 5, Motiejunas 1-5 0-2 2, Hamilton 3-7 4-4 12, Casspi 0-1 4-6 4, Canaan 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 28-79 26-34 87.

CHICAGO (111): Dunleavy 8-15 1-1 21, Boozer 9-19 0-0 18, Noah 3-6 7-7 13, Hinrich 7-12 0-0 19, Butler 4-8 2-2 11, Augustin 5-9 0-1 13, Gibson 2-7 1-2 5, Snell 2-5 0-0 4, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2, Fredette 1-3 0-0 3, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-86 11-13 111.

Houston 20 22 16 29— 87

Chicago 25 25 35 26— 111

3-Point GoalsHouston 5-26 (Hamilton 2-5, Lin 1-2, Garcia 1-2, Harden 1-5, Jones 0-1, Casspi 0-1, Canaan 0-2, Motiejunas 0-2, Parsons 0-2, Beverley 0-4), Chicago 14-24 (Hinrich 5-6, Dunleavy 4-6, Augustin 3-7, Butler 1-1, Fredette 1-2, Snell 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 59 (Howard 10), Chicago 45 (Noah 10). AssistsHouston 16 (Lin, Beverley 3), Chicago 35 (Noah 9). Total FoulsHouston 21, Chicago 24. TechnicalsHoward. A21,747 (20,917).

Hawks 102, Bucks 97

MILWAUKEE (97): Middleton 4-15 0-0 8, Ilyasova 10-20 2-2 22, Pachulia 2-6 0-0 4, Knight 6-13 7-8 20, Wolters 2-7 2-2 7, Antetokounmpo 1-4 2-4 5, Henson 5-6 2-2 12, Adrien 5-10 2-4 12, Sessions 2-8 3-4 7. Totals 37-89 20-26 97.

ATLANTA (102): Carroll 5-11 1-2 15, Millsap 6-12 3-4 17, Antic 3-8 1-2 8, Teague 7-10 6-6 22, Korver 4-6 4-4 15, Brand 3-7 0-0 6, Mack 2-5 0-0 4, Scott 0-5 2-2 2, Schroder 4-6 0-0 8, Martin 2-3 0-0 5, Muscala 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 17-20 102.

Milwaukee 30 23 14 30— 97

Atlanta 23 24 21 34— 102

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 3-19 (Knight 1-2, Wolters 1-3, Antetokounmpo 1-4, Sessions 0-3, Ilyasova 0-3, Middleton 0-4), Atlanta 13-29 (Carroll 4-6, Korver 3-5, Teague 2-3, Millsap 2-4, Martin 1-2, Antic 1-4, Mack 0-1, Scott 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 51 (Ilyasova 10), Atlanta 48 (Millsap 8). AssistsMilwaukee 24 (Antetokounmpo 5), Atlanta 23 (Teague 8). Total FoulsMilwaukee 21, Atlanta 22. A12,554 (18,729).

Bloodied Bulls rout slumping Rockets 03/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:30am]
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