The Kings play defense and beat the Bulls 98-81 on Friday in Chicago

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

The long national nightmare is over for “Sacramento Proud” as their team’s six-game losing streak has come to an end in Chicago. The Kings (16-29) downed the Bulls 98-81 on Friday night at the United Center.

The last time the Kings won a basketball game was on January 7th in Phoenix. Those 16 days between wins seemed like an eternity for Sacramento fans.

A major change to the starting lineup

Sometimes a coach must shake things up to in order to get his team’s attention. In this case, Kings head coach – Luke Walton – made a change to his starting lineup. Guard Buddy Hield has been in a shooting slump, so Walton took Hield out of the starting rotation and replaced him with Bogdan Bogdanovic who has been the Kings sixth man all season.

Moving a starter to the bench is always dangerous because a coach never knows how the player will react. In this case, the lineup moves worked.

Hield took the change in stride

In reality, Hield did more than take things in stride – he thrived. Hield led the Kings in scoring by putting up 21 points in the game. He shot 7-for-12 overall and hit 5 of 9 from behind the 3-point line. Hield also grabbed eight rebounds.

After the game, Kings head coach Luke Walton was full of praise for Hield for his play and his reaction to his change in the rotation.

The key to the win was defense

This was the second game this season that the Kings held their opponent to under 90 points. The Kings are 2-0 in those games.

Sacramento held Chicago to just 39.2% (31-for-79) shooting overall and the Bulls hit only 8 of 37 (21.6%) from 3-point range.

The Kings caused the Bulls (17-30) to turn the ball over 21 times which resulted in 16 Sacramento points.

The Bulls largest lead of the game was three points.

Top performers

Leading scorers

  • Buddy Hield was the Kings leading scorer with 21 points
  • Zach LaVine led the Bulls scoring attack with 21 points

The Glass cleaners

  • Cristiano Felicio of the Bulls was the game’s leading rebounder with nine
  • Buddy Hield led the Kings with eight rebounds

Dropping dimes

  • De’Aaron Fox was the game’s assist leader with seven dimes
  • Kris Dunn led the Bulls with six assists

Up next

The Kings travel to the Twin Cities where they will play the Timberwolves on Monday night.

The Bulls will play in Cleveland on Saturday night.

 

 

 

Warriors best Bulls in neck and neck game at United Center 100-98

photo from abcnews.go.com: Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors’ Willie Cauley-Stein (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Chicago. Golden State won 100-98.

By Alexandra Evans

The Golden State Warriors (5-19) faced the Chicago Bulls (8-15) away on Friday, Dec. 6, taking home a close win (100-98). There was almost no shortage of being on the edge of one’s seat; the game remained very neck-in-neck throughout.

Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky made the first basket of the game nearly a minute in. The Dubs took their first lead when D’Angelo Russell made a three-pointer a minute later, holding the lead until halfway through the first quarter when Kris Dunn made a three-pointer for the Bulls (assisted by Satoransky). The Bulls held the lead for the remainder of the quarter, leading the Warriors 28-23.

Almost two minutes into the second quarter, Eric Paschall gave the Dubs the lead again after making a free throw. For three minutes the scores would increase but end up tied again. At the end of the second, the Bulls had a one-point lead (51-50).

Only once in the third quarter did the Dubs have the lead (by one point), which lasted under 30 seconds. Halfway through, they trailed the Bulls by eight points (62-70) and by six at the end (77-83).

The Bulls still exceeded the Dubs for half of the final period and the score was tied four different times. Bulls’ Zach LaVine tied the score 98-98 with 1:18 remaining in the game, and Dubs’ Glenn Robinson III made the game-winning shot with 1:03 left. The final score was 100-98, Dubs.

Warriors find a way to win as they down the Bulls 104-90

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors, after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night, found a way to close out the game, and they recorded their fourth win of the season defeating the Chicago Bulls 104-90 at Chase Center.

The Warriors’ Draymond Green returned to action Wednesday night. He had been out with a sore heel. His experience and leadership helped the Warriors avoid the letdown that occurred Monday night. The young Warriors played well on both ends of the court. They played well on defense as they out-rebounded the Bulls 54-42. On offense, they moved the ball to find the open man and recorded 31 assists in the process.

The Bulls grabbed an early 9-1 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors then went on a 10-0 run to lead 11-9. The Warriors continued to play well, and they finished the first period leading by eight 25-17. The Bulls offense came to life in the second quarter. The Bulls’ Zach LaVine led the charge as he knocked down 18 points to cut the deficit to five 53-48 at the end of the first half. Eric Paschall the Dubs with 14, Glenn Robinson had 8, Alec Burks 7, and Omari Spellman kicked in with 7 points and 10 boards.

The Warriors continued to build the lead. They led 69-59 when Chicago went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 69. The young Warriors did not quit. They knew what happened to them Monday night. Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss, and Omari Spellman all came through with crucial buckets to put the Warriors ahead 78-73 after three periods of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors–with Draymond Green on the floor–held the Bulls at bay. The Bulls made it a 3-point game 86-83. It was at this point that the Warriors went on a 16-2 run. Alec Burks knocked down two threes. Draymond hit a three. Paschall and Spellman each made a key bucket. These players played like the Warriors of the past five seasons. They won by a final score of 104-90.

Game Notes: With the win, the Warriors improve to 4-15. Chicago falls to 6-13.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Alec Burks had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He also recorded 7 assists. Omari Spellman also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Glenn Robinson and Marquese Chriss each had 11.

The Bulls’ Zach LaVine provided most of the offensive punch for Chicago. LaVine had 36 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. LaVine made 4 threes in 9 tries. The only other scorer in double figures for Chicago was Tomas Satoransky, with 19 points. Lauri Markkanan and Wendell Carter had 8 points each.

Up Next: The Warriors travel to Miami to face the Heat Friday night. The game will start at 5 pm PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O: Kings pull away with 27-point win after four ties with Bulls Sunday

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On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O:

#1 It was a game that saw seven lead changes and four ties, but the Sacramento Kings in the end mustered up a 27-point win over the Chicago Bulls Sunday.

#2 After Bogdan Bogdanovic got a three-point shot to put the Kings ahead after the first period 24-23, the Kings never looked back.

#3 In the paint, Kings head coach Dave Joerger said the team worked the paint inside for five six seconds and if not worked the ball outside and took open shots, including threes and layups. It paid off the Kings went 80-56 against the Bulls for the inside game.

#4 After having a rough time on free throws on the road, the Kings went 81.2% on the free line on Sunday at Golden One.

#5 Tuesday night the Kings host the Brooklyn Nets (36-36), who are a very improved club.

Charlie O does the Sacramento Kings podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings crush the Bulls 129-102 on St. Patty’s Day

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Bagley shoots over Lopez Photo: Charlie O. Mallonee

by Charlie O. Mallonee

The Sacramento Kings broke up a three-game losing streak on Sunday by devouring the hapless Chicago Bulls 129-102 before a delighted sellout crowd at the Golden 1 Center. After returning home from a very disappointing four-game road trip that saw the team pick up just one victory, the young Kings were in need of something to put a smile back on their faces. There were plenty of smiles after the game on St. Patrick’s Day.

Kings head coach Dave Joerger said, “… they do work so hard, it’s fun to see them get the result that does make them feel good.”

The teams played a tough first quarter that saw seven lead changes and four ties. It appeared that the Bulls had arrived ready to put up a fight on Sunday.

Sacramento was trailing 23-21 with 6.7-seconds to go in the first quarter. Bogdan Bogdanovic brought the ball up the court while watching the clock, took a step back behind the 3-point line, and sank a 26-foot shot to give the Kings a 24-23 lead at the end of the first period.

The Kings would never trail in the game again.

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The bigs crash the boards Photo: Charlie O. Mallonee

Why did the Kings win?

  1. Sacramento was ready for a win, and they came out willing to work for it. Dave Joerger revealed after the game that their plan was to work the for a shot in the paint early in the possession (four to six seconds) then start looking for open shots outside if layups were not available. The Kings outscored the Bulls 80-56 in the paint.
  2. The Kings shot the basketball very well in the contest. They shot 52.4-percent (54/103) overall and 34.8-percent (8/23) from 3-point land. They also converted 13-of-16 (81.2%) or their free throw attempts. Poor free throw shooting had hurt them on the road trip.
  3. The Kings also banged on the boards. Sacramento out-rebounded Chicago 48-39. They also outdid their opponent on the offensive glass 15-10. The Kings scored 23 2nd chance points to 15 for the Bulls.
  4. Sacramento continued to take very good care of the basketball as they turned it over just 12 times (13 CHI points) while the Bulls turned it over 20 times (25 SAC points).

Top Performances

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Bogi challenges Lopez Photo: Charlie O. Mallonee

Kings

  • Marvin Bagley III played an amazing 21-minutes of basketball (we believe the minutes restriction from his knee injury is still in place). He scored a game-high 21-points by shooting 9-for-14 from the field and going a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. MB35 also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out two assists.
  • The other young big – Harry Giles III – also played 21-minutes. H20 scored 16 points while shooting 8-for-14 in the contest. He also hauled in six rebounds, added three assists and blocked three shots.
  • And those other guys: De’Aaron Fox scored 17 points, Buddy Hield, 16, Harrison Barnes 15, Willey Cauley-Stein 9, Bjelica 8, and Bogdanovic 8.
  • All 13 players on the active roster saw playing in the game on Sunday.

Chicago

  • Zach LaVine was the leading scorer for the Bulls with 18 points. You may remember that Kings tried to get LaVine in the off-season, but the Bulls matched the Sacramento offer to keep talented guard in Chicago.
  • The real star for the Bulls is “tankathon”. Chicago is 19-52 on the season and their real goal is to finish with the best chance to get the number one pick in the NBA Draft Lottery in June. Right now, they have the fourth worst record in the league and have a 12.5-percent chance in Zion Williamson sweepstakes. It is tough to be too motivated when you know your team’s goal is to be “the biggest loser”.

Import Milestone

The Kings record improved to 34-35 after the win on Sunday. That is most wins for Sacramento since back in 2007-08 when the team won 38 games. The prognosticators at FiveThirtyEight.com predict that the Kings will win 39 games this season.

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Bjelica hits the corner three Photo: Charlie O. Mallonee

Up Next

The Kings are off until Tuesday night when they will face the much improved and playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets at the Golden 1 Center.

Chicago traveled to Phoenix after the game and will play the pesky Suns on Monday night.

Warriors roll over the Bulls 146-109

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By: Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors, for the second game in a row, routed their opponent, the Chicago Bulls Friday night at Oracle Arena, The Warriors got off to a fast start behind three 3-point shots by Klay Thompson to take an early 9-0 lead. The Warriors never looked back as they overwhelmed the Bulls by a score of 146-109.

The Warriors outscored the Bulls 43-17 in the first quarter. The Warriors moved the ball well all night. They found the open man and knocked down 3s. They played defense as the limited the Bulls to 17 points in the first 12 minutes of action. They even had a bit of luck when Jonas Jerebko sank a 3-pointer from behind the half-court line as time expired in the quarter. The Bulls played better in the second quarter, but still trailed by 21 at the end of the first half 76-55. Thompson led the Dubs with 24. Klay made six 3s in 8 attempts. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry each had 13. Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 24, and he made three 3s.

The Warriors did not let up in the third quarter. The Warriors’ big three of Durant, Thompson, and Curry continued to punish the Bulls. The Warriors put the game out of reach as they outscored the Bulls 40-21 in the third quarter. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr removed all the starters with about two minutes left in the period. The Warriors led by 40 points, 116-76

Warriors’ bench players Jordan Bell, Marcus Derrickson, Jonas Jerebko, and Quinn Cook played the entire fourth quarter. The second unit played well as they were able to put up points on the board and the Warriors won by a final score of 146-109.

Game Notes and Stats: Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points. He made seven 3-pointers. Curry had 28 with five 3s, and Kevin Durant had 22. It was the ninth time this season that the Big Three had more than 20-plus points in a game. Quinn Cook had 15, Jordan Bell had 13, Marcus Derrickson had 10, and Jerebko had 8.

The Bulls were led by Zach LaVine’s 29 points. Bobby Portis had 16 points, Antonio Blakeney had 12 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 10 points. The Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen, who is seven-foot tall, finished the night with 8 points.

The Warriors improved to 28-14, while Chicago dropped to 10-32.

The Warriors announced that DeMarcus Cousins, who is recovering from an Achilles heel rupture suffered last January, will return to action against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 18th in Los Angeles.

Up Next: The Warriors hit the road to play the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday. Game time is at 4:00 pm.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O: Kings find their shot in Chicago to close Bulls in second half

photo from sacbee.com Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) loses the ball as he’s defended by Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. (34) in the first half, but Sacramento roared back in the second half to beat Chicago 108-89 on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, and finish their trip with a 3-1 record. Shumpert says the Kings are now “a professional ball club.”

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Kings got a lot of key help at the United Center on Monday night De’Aarron Fox led Kings scorers with 25 points Charlie talks about Fox’s offense and how he worked his inside game to help keep ahead of Chicago.

#2 Fox told the media post game that if he makes the first three he know he’s going to have a good game and it’s something that he even told Kings head coach Dave Joerger.

#3 It’s been said by the Kings players that their more than just a team their a brotherhood. The Kings have won four of their last five games including their win over the Bulls Monday 108-89

#4 Willie Cauley-Stein has been big on assists pulling down rebounds on Monday he led the team 16 rebounds.

#5 The Kings tip off against the Minnesota Timerbwolves this Wednesday night at Golden One Center a 7:00pm start.

Join Charlie O with the Kings podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Klay Thompson drops 52 to lead the Warriors to a 149-124 blowout of the Bulls

Photo credit: @NBCSWarriors

By Jerry Feitelberg

Klay Thompson, who was mired in a shooting slump at the start of the season, had quite a performance as the Golden State Warriors routed the Chicago Bulls 149-124 at the United Center on Monday night.

Thompson scored 22 points in the first quarter and 36 total ion the first half as he tied an NBA record, making 10 3-point shots. The Warriors scored 92 points in the first half as Thompson, Thompson’s Splash Brother Steph Curry, Kevin Durant led the onslaught. The 92 points scored in the half was the second-most in NBA history. The Phoenix Suns own the record when they put 107 points on the board in a game in 1990.

The Warriors led 44-28 after the first period, and they outscored the shorthanded Bulls 48-22 in the second period to finish the first half leading 92-50.

Thompson played in the third quarter, and he made four more 3-pointers to set a new NBA record. The old record for 3-pointers in a game was 13, and that was held by Curry. Thompson put 16 more points on the board and was done for the night with five minutes left in the third period. Thompson’s totals for the night was 52 points, 14 3-pointers in just 27 minutes of action. That was quite a performance for Thompson. The Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, inserted his bench players to finish the game and the Big Four watched the game from the bench.

The Bulls made the score a bit more respectable as they won the second half 73-57, but the game was over after the first 24 minutes.

Game Notes: Steph Curry tallied 23. Kevin Durant had 14 points and 8 assists. Alfonzo McKinnie had a double-double for Golden State. He put 19 points on the board and pulled down 10 rebounds. Backup Guard Quinn Cook had 16, and Jonas Jerebko added 10.

Klay Thompson suffered a cut to his forehead that required a couple of stitches. Thompson did not suffer a concussion.

The Bulls were led by Zach LaVine and Antonio Blakely, both of whom tallied 21. 19-year-old Wendell Carter, Jr recorded 18 points in a losing effort. The Bulls were without the services of Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, and Denzel Valentine.

The way the Warriors were playing, their presence would probably not made a difference in the outcome.

Up Next: The Warriors are now 7-1 for the year and return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm PT.

Kings complete 21-point comeback to beat Bulls 104-98

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By: Jordan Chapin

SACRAMENTO–The boo birds were out early, but by the time the clock read 0:00, it was bedlam at Golden 1 Center on Monday night. The Sacramento Kings trailed by as much as 21 points in a game, but they ended up winning, 104-98, over the Chicago Bulls.

After De’Aaron Fox went down early in the third quarter, somebody needed to step up big for Sacramento, and that player was JaKarr Sampson. Sampson brought major energy off the bench, including an emphatic dunk and a clutch 3-pointer. He ended his night with nine points, six rebounds, and one block.

In the first quarter, Sacramento shot 4-for-20 from the field, scored nine points, trailed by as much as 19. Little to say, it seemed like it was going to be another long night for the purple and black faithful.

Things started to shift midway into the second quarter following Robin Lopez’s words with official Justin Van Duyne just moments after Lopez was ejected. As a result, Lopez had to watch the rest of the game from the locker room.

The Kings continued to trail 55-41 at the end of the first half.

Kings coach Dave Joerger had something good to say at halftime because the Kings had overcome a 21-point deficit and took the lead, 96-93, after a Buddy Hield’s significant 3-pointer with 1:33 left to go in the game.

The Bulls quickly responded as Bobby Portis hit a 3-pointer of his own. With under a minute to go, and a tie ball game, Bogdan Bogdanovic threw up a step-back 3-pointer over two defenders that found the bottom of the net.

The Bulls had two decent looks to tie the game, but were unable to capitalize. The Golden 1 Center was in uproar as the Kings seized their 17th win of the season.

Sacramento has now broke the hearts of Bulls fans twice this year, as they sweep the season series 2-0. The Kings will have three full days off before they have to see Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night in Sacramento. After that, it does not get much easier as they travel to the Midwest to face a very good Minnesota Timberwolves team.

Sacramento Kings
Player of the Game: Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan Bogdanovic lead all scorers for the Kings tonight with 15 points, but in a game Bogey struggled from the field, he was able to get himself to the free throw line six times.

With De’aaron Fox going down, Bogdanovic was put in a tough situation, and answered the bell by hitting what ended up being the biggest shot of the game. To go along with his 15 points, he added four assists and four rebounds.

Key Stats
Six players in double digits.

Sacramento’s Bench outscored the Bulls bench 55-22.

First time the Kings have swept the Bulls since the 06-07 season.

With the win, the Kings complete their largest comeback of the season (21).

After shooting 20% from the field in the first quarter, the Kings finished there night shooting at 44%.

Chicago Bulls
Player of the Game: Zach Lavine

Zach Lavine was playing in his 11th game of the season and the Bulls fans finally got what they had been waiting for, a poster, unfortunately JaKarr Sampson was the victim.

More importantly, Lavine set a new season high with 27 points and shot 4-for-8 from behind the arc.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg on Lavine’s night, “Zach’s getting a rhythm, he’s playing better, he’s getting more comfortable out there”. Lavine racked up two rebounds and two assists to go along with his 27 points

Key Stats
Shot 40% from the field, and 39% from 3-point land.

Bobby Portis finished his night with a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds).

Bulls extend there losing streak to seven games.

Innocent Chairs that were thrown from anger by Robin Lopez: 1

Curry and Thompson carry Warriors past Bulls 119-112

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By: Ana Kieu

The Golden State Warriors played the fourth game of their five-game road trip against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Wednesday night.

Prior to the lopsided matchup, the Warriors walked into Chicago with a three-game win streak–all on the road; while the Bulls had a two-game win streak in their hands.

The Warriors were hit by some bad luck as Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle during the game and never returned, but that didn’t affect their performance against the Bulls.

JaVale McGee is not quite a dunk icon yet, but he made a dunk late in the first quarter. The Warriors’ defense struggled a bit, but their offense allowed them to trail the Bulls by just two (40-38) at the end of the first.

David West got the block on one end and the assist at the other end. Klay Thompson continued doing his thing, hitting three-pointers. Steph Curry also went left off the glass. The Warriors continued to trail the Bulls, 66-63, at halftime.

Here are the Warriors’ halftime stats:

The Warriors started the second half on the right foot. The Splash Brothers were a combined 12 of 19 from the three-point range in the third quarter. Golden State also went on a tremendous 19-0 run to end the third on a high note.

The Warriors led the Bulls 95-78 at the end of the third.

Thompson continued to do Thompson things in the fourth quarter. In addition, Patrick McCaw pulled up for a two-point field goal, giving the Warriors a large 112-99 lead with five minutes left in regulation.

The Warriors beat the Bulls 119-112. With the win, Golden State won their fourth straight overall game and 13th consecutive road game, tying the fifth longest winning streak in NBA history.

Here are the Warriors’ final stats:

https://twitter.com/warriors/status/953830840030474240

Notes
Warriors’ injury update: Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) are out.

For the first time in franchise history, the Bulls have made 15+ three-pointers in three games in a row.

Up Next
The Warriors close out their road trip with a game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday at 7:30 pm CT.