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But the Rockets answered Boozer's layup by scoring 14 of the next 15 points, tying it at 62 on Camby's jumper with about three minutes left. Then, with under a minute left in the quarter, Patrick Patterson scored on a reverse layup and Earl Boykins hit a 16-footer to send Houston into the fourth quarter with a 71-70 lead.
The run was far from finished, though.
Scola started the period with a basket and Boykins hit another jumper off a bad pass by Korver. Then, Budinger struck.
After taking three shots and scoring four points in the first three quarters, he nailed a 3 to make it an eight-point game and hit two more after a basket by Boozer, extending Houston's lead to 84-72.
NOTES: Houston's Kyle Lowry missed his 14th game in a row because of a bacterial infection and teammate Kevin Martin sat out his 12th straight with a sprained right shoulder. ... No surprise, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wasn't about to wax poetic after being selected the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. "That's a byproduct of a good team, good coaching staff, good organization." The Bulls went 13-3 in March. ... The Rockets were 20-8 at home and 8-17 on the road entering Monday's game, and coach Kevin McHale was at a loss to explain the disparity. "I never understood that," he said. "Baskets are 10 feet high and the court's 94 feet. I've never seen a fan score a point yet."
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