HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Dwight Howard scored 23 points and James Harden and Chandler Parsons added 19 each as the Houston Rockets used a big third-quarter run to pull away for a 109-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Bulls trailed by three with 5½ minutes left in the third before their offense went cold. Houston took advantage of the scoring drought, using a 15-1 spurt to make it 83-66 entering the final period.
Chicago missed six shots and had five turnovers in that span, while Omri Casspi scored seven points to power Houston's offense.
The Rockets picked up the victory in the return of coach Kevin McHale, who had missed the previous three games following the death of his mother.