Kings trampled by Bulls in ugly loss, 104-86

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Rudy Gay returned to the Sacramento Kings after missing a game with a sore left foot, but his team needed much more help in a 104-86 blowout on the road to the Chicago Bulls.

The Kings were dominated on both sides of the ball, and lost in nearly every major statistical category. Sacramento spilled 13 turnovers and shot only 2-of-12 from behind the arc, while the Bulls shot 52.5 percent from the floor, dished 26 assists and were at one point 7-for-11 from downtown.

Sacramento did out-rebound the Bulls 45-33 and made one more free throw, but the visitors required 12 more attempts. The Kings trailed 57-49 at the half, and a 27-15 third quarter for the Bulls finished them off.

With the loss, the Kings fall to 7-20 under head coach Tyrone Corbin. The team travels to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in what is speculated to be Corbin’s last contest before George Karl takes over.

Notes and Analysis

  • DeMarcus Cousins shook off an aggressive Joakim Noah and an 0-for-7 shooting start to end with 15 points on 5-of-15 field goals, eight assists and eight rebounds. Cousins recorded six of his assists in the first quarter.
  • In his return, Rudy Gay looked for his shot and produced 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in a team-high 40 minutes of action.
  • Ben McLemore chipped in 11 points in 36 minutes, but scored nine in the first half.
  • Starters Jason Thompson and Ramon Sessions couldn’t slow their opposition, stars Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose. Gasol notched 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and 16 rebounds, and Rose added 27 points on 10-of-17 field goals and seven assists.
  • Ray McCallum made the most of his 26 minutes off the bench, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and two turnovers.
  • Stat of the Night: The Kings shot an abysmal 14-of-27 from the charity stripe.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.