Sacramento has a near-perfect first half in 121-79 blowout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings rarely hear this from the opposition after a game:
“They just kicked our (butt),” Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson said. “Period. Simple, point blank. That was a good old-fashioned (butt) whoopin’.”
That it was.
The Kings had their way in their most lopsided victory of the season, a 121-79 rout of the Bulls on Wednesday night.
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The Kings played without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins (left quadriceps contusion). But it didn’t matter as they led by as many as 45 points — their biggest advantage of the season.
“We couldn’t stop them,” said Robinson, a former Washington Husky. “It starts with our defense. We just couldn’t stop them. No matter what they did. No matter what shot they put up, (it seemed like) they made. It felt like they didn’t miss the whole game. It felt like that was the first team in NBA history to go 100 percent.”
Tyreke Evans almost had a perfect shooting night. He missed only twice in 13 attempts and finished with 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
In the first quarter, the Kings scored 34 points. At halftime, the Kings had a season-low one turnover and led 65-36.
Evans said the big lead and final result weren’t surprising to the Kings.
“I think it started from practice,” Evans said. “We prepared well for them, and I knew how to come out and be aggressive.”
The Kings (23-43) committed a season-low five turnovers while allowing a season low in points. They also forced 17 turnovers and held the Bulls (35-29) to 38.6 percent shooting.
“Since I’ve been a Sacramento King, this is probably the best game we’ve played,” said second-year guard Isaiah Thomas, another former Husky. “We just played together, made shots, stayed in attack mode and played defense.”
KINGS 121, BULLS 79
Percentages: FG .386, FT .867. Three-point goals: 2-21, .095 (Robinson 1-2, Cook 1-6, Teague 0-2, Butler 0-3, Radmanovic 0-3, Belinelli 0-5). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 17 (23 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Cook, Mohammed, Teague). Turnovers: 17 (Boozer 3, Cook 3, Teague 3, Deng 2, Radmanovic 2, Robinson 2, Belinelli, Noah). Steals: 2 (Deng, Robinson). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .542, FT .846. Three-point goals: 9-23, .391 (Patterson 2-2, Thomas 2-5, Douglas 1-2, Fredette 1-2, Thornton 1-2, Evans 1-3, Salmons 1-5, Outlaw 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 5 (8 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Aldrich, Evans, Thompson). Turnovers: 5 (Evans 2, Aldrich, Thomas, Thompson). Steals: 9 (Douglas 3, Evans 3, Hayes, Patterson, Thomas). Technical fouls: Thomas, 0:28.3 first.
|Chicago||20||16||24||19 — 79|
|Sacramento||34||31||28||28 — 121|
Attendance: 14,426 (17,317). Time: 2:03. Officials: Joe Crawford, Sean Corbin, Kevin Scott.