Rockets hand Bulls 1st back-to-back losses

Goran Dragic scored 21 points and the Houston Rockets handed the Chicago Bulls their first consecutive losses of the season with a 99-93 win at United Center on Monday.

Luis Scola added 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Rockets, who have alternated wins and losses over their last seven games. Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger both contributed 13 points for Houston while Marcus Camby had 12 points and 11 boards in the victory.

Luol Deng scored a game-high 24 points for Chicago, which had not lost back- to-back games in the regular season since Feb. 5-7, 2011, a span of 86 games.

Richard Hamilton returned from a 14-game absence because of a shoulder injury and had six points, three assists and five turnovers for the Bulls.