NBA Game Recap - Sacramento at Chicago
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:00 PM EST

MIL
116
CHA
103
F
BOS
109
ORL
98
F
MEM
125
DET
112
F
TOR
118
NY
112
F
ATL
111
OKC
140
F
HOU
131
MIN
124
F
LAC
122
MIA
117
F
SAC
98
CHI
81
F
DEN
113
NO
106
F
PHO
103
SA
99
F
IND
129
GS
118
F

Jan 24, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Sacramento (16-29)

29

25

21

23

98

Chicago (17-30)

21

23

25

12

81

Hield scores 21, Kings beat Bulls 98-81 to snap 6-game skid
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:08 AM

CHICAGO (AP) After being pulled from the starting lineup, Buddy Hield proved his value to the Sacramento Kings.

Hield scored 21 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls 98-81 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

In 23 minutes off the bench, Hield was 7 for 12 from the field - including 5 of 9 on 3-pointers.

"I've got to give Buddy a lot of love," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "What he did throughout the game, that third quarter when they went on a run, he really kept us in it.

"For him to be all about the team after we took him out of the starting lineup shows a lot, says a lot about him."

Even though Walton tried to make it clear the move wasn't intended to punish the team's leading scorer, Hield acknowledged it was a challenge to view it that way.

"Of course, as a competitor you want to figure out what's the reason for that," he said. "You never get a straight, clear-cut answer. But as a player, as a professional, you have to go in there, lock in and just do it.

"When he calls your number, just produce. That's all you can do."

De'Aaron Fox had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Kings led virtually wire-to-wire.

Zach LaVine scored 21 for the Bulls, who had won four of seven. Chicago was 8 for 37 (21.6%) on 3-pointers.

The Bulls played without forward Lauri Markkanen, who will miss four to six weeks with a right hip injury. The 7-footer from Finland had an MRI on Thursday after experiencing soreness for about a week. He had played in all 46 games this season before Friday, averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Without Markkanen on the court, LaVine was more of a focus for the defense.

"I had to adjust going into the third quarter, but in the first quarter it seemed like I would drive and there would be somebody in the middle, so you swing it," said LaVine, who was 8 for 21 from the field. "I still think I missed some easy ones. I'm used to it."

The Kings used a run of 11 straight points in the second quarter to snap a 33-all tie and take a 54-44 halftime lead.

Chicago opened the second half with a 12-2 run to tie the score at 56. Later in the third quarter, Denzel Valentine hit a runner in the lane to put the Bulls on top 69-68 - their first lead of the game.

The Kings, though, scored the final seven points of the period (two layups by Fox and a 3-pointer by Hield) to take a 75-69 edge into the fourth.

Sacramento's lead was back up to 85-73 - matching its biggest to that point - on a basket by Bogdan Bogdanovic with seven minutes remaining. After taking the lead in the third, Chicago managed just four points in the next seven-plus minutes.

Bogdanovic put the game away with a five-point possession for a 92-75 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to go. First, he hit a pair of free throws after LaVine and Bulls coach Jim Boylen were assessed technical fouls. Bogdanovic then hit a 3-pointer.

TIP-INS

Kings: Hield had started the first 44 games of the season. Bogdanovic started in Hield's place and had 12 points in 26 minutes.

Bulls: Markkanen joins a growing list of frontcourt players on the sidelines. Otto Porter Jr. (broken left foot) has been out since early November, Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained right ankle) likely will be out another month and rookie Daniel Gafford has missed the last five games with a dislocated right thumb. "When it rains it pours, with all of our big men going down," said Thaddeus Young, who started in place of Markkanen at power forward.

REJECTED

The highlight of the first half was a sensational, above-the-rim block by Sacramento's Harry Giles III on a dunk attempt by Shaquille Harrison. "For me, it was just go and meet him with some force," Giles said.

PLAYING IT SAFE

Markkanen said he had no doubt he could play through the pain at its current level, but understood that doing so could make the injury - diagnosed as an early stress reaction - worse. "I really wanted to play, but at the same time I had to take a step back and think about what was smart," he said.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Minnesota on Monday night.

Bulls: At Cleveland on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Sacramento PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Tolliver 0 0 1 1 1 0
J. James 0 2 0 0 0 0
Chicago PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Mokoka 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. LaVine 21 -7 2 6 0 1

Team Comparison

SAC CHI
Points For 98 81
Field Goals 35/81-43% 31/79-39%
Three Pointers 10/32-31% 8/37-22%
Free Throws 18/21-86% 11/14-79%
Offensive Rebounds 7 8
Defensive Rebounds 35 35
Rebounds 48 52
Blocks 8 4
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 13 19
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 12
Points in the Paint 44 46
Fast Break Points 16 17
Personal Fouls 20 21
Technical Fouls 0 2
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 2 CHI 113 @ SAC 106 R. Arcidiacono 4 C. Joseph 2
Fri Jan 24 SAC 98 @ CHI 81 H. Giles III 2 S. Harrison 2

Game Information

Stadium: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 17,661
Game Time: 2:07