Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/22/12
HOUSTON -- Rockets interim coach Kelvin Sampson played the role of soothsayer early Wednesday evening, voicing his concern over the Bulls' rebounding prowess and his team's inability to corral defensive boards. And then his greatest fears were repeatedly realized, with Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson seemingly having their way on the glass and presenting the Bulls additional possessions on numerous trips. But when it mattered most, the Bulls couldn't convert three shots in the final minute into the tying basket, and the Rockets rode a key Toney Douglas 3-pointer to a 93-89 win at Toyota Center. The Bulls (5-6) grabbed 16 offensive rebounds yet managed only 17 second-chance points, a direct reflection of the Rockets' determined half-court defense. After 21-of-40 shooting en route to a four-point halftime lead, the Bulls shot just 31.5 percent in the second half. "I just thought our defense was outstanding tonight," Sampson said. "They made some tough shots and they ...
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