Saturday, July 17, 2010
Casspi, Kings bull over Chicago in fourth
LAS VEGAS -- A free throw from Tyrese Rice, which was also his only point of the game, with 1.6 seconds remaining gave the Sacramento Kings (4-1) their only lead in their 76-75 victory over the Chicago Bulls (1-3) Saturday night in the 2010 NBA Summer League at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
The Kings outscored the Bulls 35-17 in the final 12:33 of the contest to erase a 17-point deficit for the win.
Omri Casspi was the main instigator for Sacramento's come-from-behind win, as he scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half.
Casspi nailed a three at the buzzer of the third and added 12 more in the fourth to aid the Kings' effort.
Sacramento trailed from the first basket of the game until Rice's free throw. The Kings fell behind 7-0 a couple minutes into the game and quickly fell behind by double-digits midway through the first.
They pulled within single digits on a couple occasions, but watched as the Bulls kept increasing the lead to 10 or more points.
Trailing by 17, the Kings rattled off a 19-3 run between the third and fourth quarters to pull within one with 8:43 left in the affair.
Chicago mustered enough offense to fend off the Kings pushing out to three different nine-point leads down the stretch. Sacramento trailed 73-64 with 4:02 on the clock before amassing an 11-2 run to claim the game.
Besides Casspi's efforts, Sacramento got double figures from three more players. Dionte Christmas chipped in 10, while Hassan Whiteside and DeMarcus Cousins added 10 apiece.
Chicago was led by Samardo Samuels' 17 points in a losing effort. Matt Bouldin and James Johnson rounded out the Bulls in double-digits, as they had 12 and 10, respectively.
Both teams return to action Sunday with contests in the Cox Pavilion.
Chicago will play first in a tussle with the Portland Trail Blazers at 3:00 pm PT, while Sacramento will follow at 5:00 pm PT against the Dallas Mavericks.
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