Bobby Jackson scored 20 points and Chris Webber had 19 points,
13 rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who remained unbeaten at
home with their 11th straight win over the Bulls since Michael
Jordan's second retirement in 1998.
The Kings have looked tired and disorganized at times since
returning from their weeklong preseason trip to China, and it
didn't help to start the regular season with five of six games on
the road against teams with a combined current record of 29-11.
Their game is improving along with their travel schedule.
There's still plenty of room for improvement -- but now, coach Rick
Adelman actually has time to make those adjustments.
"We're getting it all back together," Jackson said. "With the
injuries we've had, and the travel, it feels like it's already been
a long season. We've got to come out and be more solid. This wasn't
a very good (opponent), but they played hard, and we couldn't get
it going in the first half."
Sacramento made a 17-2 run in the third quarter against Chicago,
then held off the Bulls' final rally for their second win at the
start of a five-game homestand. Still, Adelman ticked off a list of
complaints after the Kings' third straight victory.
"We had perimeter people standing on the outside like they were
spectators," Adelman said. "In the second half, we were so
casual. We should have run that up to a 20-point lead, and we
didn't do it."
Despite Adelman's issues, the Kings' powerful offense was in
excellent form. Bibby tied his career high with six 3-pointers, and
Stojakovic made back-to-back 3s in the fourth quarter to seal it.
Eric Piatkowski scored 24 points for the Bulls, who dropped to
0-5 -- and 0-33 on their annual November road trip to the West Coast
the past six years. Chicago and New Orleans are the NBA's only
remaining winless teams.
"I feel like we're playing hard," Chicago coach Scott Skiles
said. "I'm proud of the way they're playing, but you don't give
out medals for playing hard. That's what you're paid to do. We
can't come apart for long stretches and expect to win."
The Bulls grabbed 20 offensive rebounds but couldn't stop Bibby
or Stojakovic, who expressed interest in playing in Chicago last
summer while requesting a trade from Sacramento.
"I was just aggressive going to the ball and coming off
screens," said Stojakovic, who's 19-for-36 in his last two games
after starting the season with 37 percent shooting. "The whole
team had open looks, and Mike made some and I made some."
Rookie Luol Deng had another impressive game for the Bulls,
getting 22 points and nine rebounds while taking 19 shots in the
final three quarters. Eddy Curry had 14 points and 10 rebounds
despite 6-for-16 shooting, but he committed five of Chicago's 18
"We're playing together, but we just go through (poor)
stretches, and you can't win like that," said Tyson Chandler, who
had 13 points and 14 rebounds. "It's never a moral victory."
Sacramento shot 38 free throws to Chicago's 18.
The Bulls also started 0-5 in 1999-00. The worst start in
franchise history was 0-9 in 1967-68. ... Before the game, NBA
commissioner David Stern expressed optimism for the latest proposal
to secure funding for a new arena in Sacramento. ... Kirk Hinrich
scored eight points for the Bulls, but fouled out with 7:47 to
play. ... Skiles berated the referees until the final seconds,
coming nearly to midcourt to yell at Tony Brothers even when a foul
was called on the Kings.