Kings extend Bulls' skid to 8 games with 107-106 win
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2017 12:06 PM
Zach Randolph NBA file photo
By John Jackson, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Bulls 107-106 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), extending Chicago’s losing streak to eight games.
Randolph was 12-for-19 from the field. Garrett Temple had 13 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points for the Kings.
Jerian Grant had 17 points, while rookie Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez and Paul Zipser scored 14 points apiece for Chicago, which dropped to an NBA-worst 3-18.
It was the second straight night the Bulls lost by a point, although Friday’s (Saturday, PHL time) game ended with a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer. Chicago’s last win was a 123-120 decision against Charlotte on Nov. 17 (Nov. 18, PHL time).
Chicago kept it close throughout the fourth quarter. Randolph what turned out to be the key basket, giving Sacramento a 103-99 lead with 51.5 seconds left.
BELOW THE RIM
The Kings and Bulls are rebuilding with a host of athletic high flyers, but Randolph, the old-school big man, controlled things with his ground game.
“How about a 36-year-old that goes and gets 25 and 13 and has one free throw,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “That’s amazing. That’s fantastic work by Zach, and we did a good job of playing off of him, too.”
With the losses piling up, the Bulls’ biggest challenge might be to avoid focusing solely on the streak.
“That’s the thing we talk about with this group all the time,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s not about looking at the wins and losses. It’s about taking steps in the right direction every day. It’s about going out and competing every night and giving ourselves a chance.
“If you can look at your teammate and say you were the harder-playing team at the end of the night, whatever happens — win, loss — you can live with it.”
Kings: Rookie F Justin Jackson and second-year players C Georgios Papagiannis and G Malachi Richardson were assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the G League. “It’s a developmental tool for them to be able to play,” Joerger said.
Bulls: F Bobby Portis (right arm) was scratched just before game time. ... F Nikola Mirotic — sidelined with a facial fracture following a preseason fight with Portis — practiced with the Windy City Bulls of the G League for a second straight day on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and could be activated on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). “A lot will depend on how he feels [on Saturday],” Hoiberg said. “He’ll come in and get some shooting [on Saturday] and, hopefully, we give him a good workout on Sunday, and we’ll take it from there.” ... G Zach LaVine (knee surgery) also practiced with Windy City on Friday. His return date remains uncertain.
Kings: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Bulls: Host Cleveland on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).