CHICAGO (AP) — Pau Gasol finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, Jimmy Butler scored 24 points in his return from a strained left knee, and the Chicago Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Gasol hit four free throws after Patrick Beverley nailed a 3-pointer to cut it to 104-100 with 34.8 seconds remaining. And Chicago avoided matching its longest skid even though James Harden scored 36 for Houston. The Bulls also moved a half-game ahead of Detroit for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Gasol delivered his 35th double-double and Butler added 11 rebounds after missing the previous 11 games.
An aggressive Derrick Rose contributed 17 points and nine assists. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 12 and the Bulls picked up the win even though they committed 26 turnovers.