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The Chicago Bulls continued to piece things together on Tuesday night as they defeated the Sacramento Kings at the United Center to improve to 33-20 for the season with a third straight win.
While Pau Gasol continued his strong play with 26 points and 16 rebounds, his NBA-best 34th double-double of the season and 13th straight, Derrick Rose added 23 points while committing zero turnovers.
However, it was Tony Snell who shocked many as he put up a season-high 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting as the Bulls routed the Kings and continue to show signs of improvement.
“All that matters is that I’ve got to stay ready,” Snell told reporters.
“If I go in, just try to do the best I can. If not, cheer my team on.”
It wasn’t all positive news for the Bulls though as Jimmy Butler was forced to leave the game with a strained shoulder and there is no indication of how serious the injury is yet.
Elsewhere, James Harden dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter on the Phoenix Suns to finish the game with 40 in total as he put the Houston Rockets on his back and led them to the win.
The NBA’s leading scorer took over and continued to make his case to be crowned MVP this season as he continues to do it without Dwight Howard in the line-up.
Eric Bledsoe scored 32 points for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough for them to avoid a fifth loss in their last six games as they continue to feel the pressure of trying to hold on to that final playoff spot in the West.
Elsewhere, the Detroit Pistons picked up a comprehensive win over the Charlotte Hornets while the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center with Greg Monroe and Ty Lawson playing star roles for their respective teams.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies also won as they beat the Brooklyn Nets thanks in large part to their big man duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Randolph ended the game with 19 points and eight rebounds while Gasol added 14 points and 11 boards as the Griz improved to 39-13 for the season.
Detroit Pistons 106-78 Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets 127-118 Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings 86-104 Chicago Bulls
Brooklyn Nets 86-95 Memphis Grizzlies
Denver Nuggets 106-96 Los Angeles Lakers