Kings score 9 in 1st, rally to beat Bulls 104-98
Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant, left, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and the Sacramento Kings overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
The Kings scored just nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and were down by seven with 10 minutes left before rallying to complete a season sweep of the Bulls.
After Zach LaVine's follow shot tied it at 93 with less than four minutes left, Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Chicago's Bobby Portis exchanged three-pointers. Bogdanovic then hit the go-ahead bucket for the Kings on an uncontested shot beyond the arc.
Willie Cauley-Stein added an emphatic dunk but was called for goaltending on a shot by LaVine that cut the Kings' lead to 101-98. George Hill added three free throws over the final 11.4 seconds.
Bogdanovic had 15 points, Hill scored 14 and Garrett Temple added 12 for Sacramento.
LaVine scored 27 points and Justin Holiday had 20 for Chicago. The Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half, have dropped seven straight.
Chicago was already playing without Lauri Markkanen, who missed his third straight game due to the birth of his child, and Kris Dunn. Markkanen was scheduled to join the Bulls in Sacramento but his flight was cancelled due to weather in Chicago.
Lopez had to be held back by teammates after being called for a second technical with 4:21 left in the second quarter. The seven-footer then reluctantly left the court and grabbed a chair in the tunnel leading to the Bulls locker room and tossed it.
The Bulls led 28-9 after the first quarter while limiting the Kings to a season low for scoring in any period this season. The Kings were booed off the court after making only four shots.
Sacramento turned things around after that, scoring 32 in the second, 36 in the third and 27 in the fourth.
Bulls: Holiday had 11 points with three three-pointers in the first quarter. ... Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn is feeling better and is making progress from the concussion he suffered against Golden State on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time).
Kings: Rookie De'Aaron Fox limped off the court after scoring as part of Sacramento's 19-6 run in the third. ... Frank Mason continues to make progress from the partial tear in his right plantar fascia but the team said it plans to keep him out until after the All-Star break to continue the healing process. ... The Kings announced that Hield was added to the Skills Challenge during the All-Star festivities. ... Malachi Richardson missed his second game with a sprained left ankle.
Bulls: Return to Chicago to host Minnesota on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Kings: Host Portland on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).