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Kings suffer a letdown and lose to the Bulls 113-106

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December 03, 2019 - 3:49 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

 

Sacramento – Luke Walton - after watching his Kings lose to the Chicago Bulls 113-106 - said this is why he and his coaches have been preaching the need to play the full 48 minutes of every game. Any letdown against any team in the NBA can cost you a game.

The Bulls came into SAC with a record of 6-14. They had not been playing terrific basketball. The Kings should have been able to pick up their second consecutive win and then left on their four-game road trip with some positive momentum. Instead, they have to spend time watching videos trying to figure out how they lost to the Bulls.

The Bulls played well

The Bulls just went on a 31-6 run and they did it on both ends of the court.

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Luke Walton makes it clear in his postgame comments that Chicago (7-14) played well. In fact, the King's head coach pointed out the Bulls played harder, faster and stronger than his team for 48 minutes.

Here are some of the reasons Walton said:

• The Bulls took the lead for the first time at the 11:39 mark in the 2nd quarter and would never trail in the game again.

• CHI built leads as large as 19 points that the Kings had to attempt to cut down to get back into the contest.

• The Bulls worked the paint and drew fouls to the detriment of the Kings. Chicago went 25-for-29 from the free-throw while the Kings hit 17 of 20 from the stripe. There is your winning point differential right there. 

• The Bulls “made it rain” sinking 16 of 37 three-point shots (43.2%). That is the very definition of “lights out”.

Zach LaVine scored a game-high 28 points shooting 7-for-13 from the floor including five 3-pointers.

Lauri Markkanen put 20 points. This was the first game of the season where Markkanen and LaVine both scored at least 20 points apiece in the same game.

Wendell Carter Jr recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Got the dub last night ----

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Spotlight on the Kings (8-11)

Luke Walton said his goals for the game were to have his team take care of the ball and defend without committing fouls. The Kings turned the ball over 18 times which became 23 Chicago points. SAC committed 26 personal fouls that sent the Bulls to charity stripe 29 times. As you might guess, the coach was disappointed with his team’s performance in those two areas.

The Kings have become a team that is relying on its ability to hit the 3-point basket – at least for now until Bagley and Fox return from their injuries. On Monday night, Sacramento shot just 27.3% (9-for-33) from downtown. It was a combination of good Chicago defense and a not so good shooting night for the Kings.

Walton said he would have liked to have seen his players “break the paint” but that just didn’t happen in this game. He said making that happen has been difficult especially with the absence of Fox and the mobility issues that Bogdanovic is experiencing at this time.

Buddy Hield was the King's high-scorer with 26 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

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Richaun Holmes had another strong performance posting 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds – four off the offensive glass to set up 2nd chance point opportunities.

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Bjelica put up 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Harrison Barnes was very productive in the second half scoring 11 of his 16 points in the final 24 minutes.

SAC shot 48.3% (40-for-83) overall for the game.

 

Stop touching things, @chicagobulls.

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Up next

The Kings begin a four-game road trip in Portland on Wednesday night. The teams are 1-1 so far this season.

The Bulls returned to the Windy City and will host the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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