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CHICAGO - Whether he is emerging as an MVP candidate or not, Jimmy Butler isnt sure. The only thing that matters to him is the Chicago Bulls keep winning.Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Butler scored 22 points and the Bulls won for the 13th time in 15 games, rallying to beat the Houston Rockets 114-105 on Monday night.Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists. Nikola Mirotic finished with 17 points.Butler contained NBA scoring leader James Harden in the second half while making some big shots, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets 19-5 over the final 3:19.I dont know, Butler said. We just got a really good team. Everybody showed up tonight.Josh Smith led Houston with 21 points. Harden scored only three of his 20 in the second half, missing all nine shots, and the Rockets lost for the fourth time in six games.A leading candidate for Most Improved Player, Butler is starting to enter the MVP discussion because of performances like this. He was particularly good in the closing minutes, scoring five points and taking a charge against Harden during the game-ending rally. That helped the Bulls wipe out a five-point deficit.Mirotic also hit a 3 and scored five points during that stretch.It was 100-95 before Gasol converted a three-point play off a putback with 3:19 left to start the winning rally.Butler tied it at 100-all with 2:56 remaining and drew a charge on the perimeter by Harden, who then fouled Gasol as he attempted a jumper. Gasol made both free throws to give the Bulls a 102-100 lead with 2:06 left.Smith, who signed with Houston on Dec. 26 after being released by Detroit, answered with a 3 to give the Rockets a one-point lead. But Butler responded with one of his own to put Chicago back on top.A driving Rose then got fouled by Patrick Beverley and hit both free throws to make it 107-103 with 1:07 left.After Harden missed a 3, Mirotic made his attempt to make it 110-103 with 39.6 seconds remaining. That sealed Chicagos sixth straight win against the Western Conference.The Bulls got 12 blocks — six from Noah — and hit 27 of 30 free throws. The Rockets attempted just five foul shots, one more than the franchise low.We just didnt execute down the stretch, Smith said. We played our butts off for about 40, 44 minutes of that game and then down the stretch we just couldnt find a way to execute. Even though the free throw discrepancy was massive, we still had an opportunity to win that game.Gasol, who scored a season-high 29 in Saturdays overtime win against Boston, got off to a strong start in this one.His 18 points in the first quarter were two shy of a career high. He scored 20 in the half, but the game was tied 62-all at the break.Were doing great. Were showing great quality on the floor, Gasol said.Honouring SCOTTThere was a moment of silence before the game for Stuart Scott, the ESPN sportscaster who died Sunday following a lengthy fight against cancer.TIP-INSRockets: Harden was selected the Western Conference Player of the Month for December after averaging 30.6 points while leading the Rockets to a 9-5 record. He is the first Houston player to win the award since Yao Ming in January 2008. Harden entered Mondays game averaging a league-leading 27.2 points, two more than Clevelands LeBron James. ... Houston attempted a franchise-low four free throws at Denver on January 27, 1978.Bulls: Mirotic was selected Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December. He scored 27 in a win over Memphis and averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds for the month. ... F Mike Dunleavy Jr. missed his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. 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Channing Frye Jersey .C., won gold in the womens 200-metre backstroke, and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont.CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn didnt take much time to savour the first walk-off hit of his career. Racing around the bases as if his two-run homer in the ninth inning was still in play, Bourn was mobbed by his teammates when he reached home plate as the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 6-4 win on Sunday. "I was pretty excited," said Bourn, who threw his helmet into the air after rounding third before being doused with water. "I was flying around the bases. I was happy not just because I hit a walk-off, but that we got the sweep against a good team. It was a really good moment I wont forget. My emotions were really going." Bourn hit an 0-1 pitch into the right-field seats off Adam Ottavino (0-2). Mike Aviles singled and took second on George Kottaras sacrifice before Bourn hit his second home run of the season. The walk-off win was Clevelands fourth of the season. "In that situation you just look for a pitch to hit, and when you get one to hit you have to make sure you hit it," Bourn said. Scott Atchison (2-0) worked around a two-out double in the ninth by striking out Charlie Blackmon to end the inning. Colorado completed a 2-7 road trip and has lost four straight for the first time since last September. The Rockies lost two of three in Atlanta and Philadelphia before being swept away by the Indians. "We battled and we came up short," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Thats the way it went again today. A timely hit sometimes can change a game, but weve had a hard time getting it this whole trip. If you dont take advantage, it will come back and haunt you. It did again." The Rockies fell to .500 for the first time since April 20 when they were 10-10. Colorado is 12-21 on the road. Josh Tomlin allowed three runs and matched a career high with eight strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. He left with a 4-3 lead, but Blackmons sacrifice fly off Bryan Shaw tied the game in the seventh. Lonnie Chisenhall, who had six RBIs in the series, broke a 3-all tie in the third with a sacrifice fly. Jhoulys Chacin allowed four runs in five innings. The Indians scored three runs on one hit -- Michael Brantleys RBI single -- in the first. A bases-loaded walk to Jason Giambi and David&nbbsp;Murphys sacrifice fly scored the other runs.dddddddddddd Chacin created his own problems in the inning by walking three and committing a throwing error. Aviles RBI single in the eighth gave Cleveland a 7-6 win Saturday and a four-run inning was the key in Fridays 5-2 victory. Indians manager Terry Francona believes his team is finally producing some timely hits. "Were getting them, and were doing better situationally too," he said. "Its a lot easier when you keep the line moving like weve been doing, when you take your walks, like we did in the first inning. For a while there we had nobody hot." Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the second. Justin Morneaus RBI groundout tied the game in the third. Brantleys leadoff double started the Indians third. He took third on a fly ball and scored on Chisenhalls fly out to right. Brandon Barnes leadoff double and a walk to Jordan Pacheco started the seventh. After a sacrifice, Blackmons fly ball scored Barnes, who slid home ahead of Bourns throw. Colorados key hitters struggled during the trip. Carlos Gonzalez reached on a bunt single to start the eighth, but was 2 for 20 in nine games. Troy Tulowitzki broke an 0-for-13 streak with a third-inning single, but ended the trip in a 3-for-23 slump. Colorado, the highest-scoring offence in the National League, managed only 26 runs on the trip, and struck out 38 times in this series. "We had to pitch well," Tomlin said. "Thats a good-hitting team." Chisenhall, normally a third baseman, made his first career start at first base. NOTES: Francona said the teams training staff thinks Carlos Santana (concussion) could return Friday. Santana has started light hitting drills and his activity will increase as he progresses. ... Rockies 3B Michael Cuddyer made his second straight start at the position. Prior to this weekend, he hadnt played there since 2010 with Minnesota. ... Indians RHP Zach McAllister (sore back) will pitch on a rehab assignment at Class A Lake County on Wednesday. ... The Rockies have Monday off before beginning a three-game home series with Arizona on Tuesday. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson (2-4) takes on Red Sox RHP John Lackey (6-3) in the opener of a three-game series Monday in Cleveland. ' ' '

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