Bulls look to keep avoiding consecutive Ls

Recent history suggests the Houston Rockets are catching the Chicago Bulls at a bad time on Monday.

The Bulls haven't had consecutive losses in 86 games, which is the second-longest streak in NBA history. The Utah Jazz went 95 games from November, 1997 to March, '99 without consecutive losses.

"You guys talk about it, we don't," Carlos Boozer said. "We just play. We want to win every game we play in and that's our focus."

Does it mean something to you? Sense of pride?

"Of course. We don't want to lose any of them," Boozer said. "That's a good thing. In the big scheme of things, we want to win as many games as possible and be No. 1 in every category, but it's a great streak, hopefully we can keep doing that. We don't think about. I'm just saying we don't think about it very much."

If the Bulls hope to keep that streak alive, they'll have to do it without Derrick Rose, who is expected to miss his 11th consecutive game with a groin injury. He's missed a total of 20, and the Bulls are 14-6 without the MVP.

It's possible that Richard Hamilton, who has missed 14 straight with a shoulder injury, is closer to returning.

The Rockets, meanwhile, are fighting for a playoff spot and hold a one-game lead over Utah for the final spot in the West.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.