How it happened: Omer Asik dominated his former team. The Turkish center scored 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in a Christmas night destruction by the Rockets. James Harden scored 26 points, Chandler Parsons added 23 points, and Jeremy Lin chipped in with 20 points and 11 assists. Nate Robinson scored 27 points off the bench for the Bulls, but it wasn't nearly enough.
What it means: This is now the worst two-game stretch in the Tom Thibodeau era. The Bulls got crushed 92-75 on Saturday night in a lifeless performance against the Atlanta Hawks and followed that up by getting demolished by the Rockets in all phases of the game. What will anger Thibodeau most is that the Rockets beat them up and down the floor. Aside from a short stretch in the middle of the second half, the Bulls got crushed in every phase. In addition to the Bulls' porous defense, Asik's performance will linger for Thibodeau & Co. as a reminder of what might have been. The Bulls decided not to match the offer sheet Houston gave Asik, and that decision continues to haunt Thibodeau's team. While the financial ramifications might have been too steep, the fact that Asik ended up walking without the Bulls getting anything in return will anger Bulls fans for the coming years. Asik has gotten better with more maturity and time on the floor, and he proved that again Tuesday night.
Hits: Marquis Teague had eight points and three assists in 18 minutes.
Stat of the night: The Rockets outscored the Bulls 66-32 in the paint.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Wednesday night when they take on the Indiana Pacers.