Monday, February 3, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Kings 99, Bulls 70
By Nick Friedell
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Sacramento Kings earned a 99-70 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Sleep Train Arena.
How it happened: DeMarcus Cousins had another big night for the Kings, going off for 25 points, 16 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for a Sacramento team that got going early and finished things off down the stretch. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 17 points, but it wasn't close to enough on a night which Tom Thibodeau and his team would love to forget.
What it means: The Bulls, led by Joakim Noah, lost their composure in this game. They couldn't get anything going offensively, they allowed Cousins to get rolling early and they allowed the Kings to set -- and control -- the pace most of the night. Aside from the problems the Bulls had containing Cousins, their biggest issue remains the lack of consistency on the offensive end. D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich were just 3-for-19 combined from the field, and the Bulls looked lifeless for long stretches -- on both ends of the floor. In a season full of ugly games, this one has to rank toward the top of the list given how poorly the Bulls performed against a weak team.
Hits: Taj Gibson had 11 points off the bench for the Bulls.
Misses: Noah might be looking at a fine and a suspension after being ejected in the third quarter. After picking up his second technical, Noah individually pointed at each official and angrily screamed "F--- you!" before being escorted off the floor.
Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 28.2 percent from the field.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Tuesday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns.