December 1, 2017, 10:42 pm
Defense was optional on Friday night as the Kings defeated the Bulls in Chicago 107-106.
Zach Randolph led the way for Sacramento with 25 points and 13 rebounds; his most important rebound came when Bogdan Bogdanovic missed a step-back jumper and Randolph corralled the ball and got the put-back bucket to extend the Kings lead to four with just a minute to play.
Bogdanovic tied his career-high with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Bogdanovic had some missed free throws down the stretch that more than likely won’t sit well with him. The Kings, nonetheless, got their seventh victory of the year. It was the team’s third road win of the season.
After earning their first win of the season on the road against the Mavericks early in the year, the Kings dropped their next nine games as visitors, but have now won back-to-back road games.
The back-and-forth battle pitted a pair of offensively-challenged teams against one another, but it was the defense that lacked on the night as both teams touched triple digits on the scoreboard.
Down the stretch, the Kings looked to Randolph to control the pace, but it was another veteran in Vince Carter that helped get the game under control in the second quarter after the Kings fell behind by eight at 49-41.
Carter knocked down a pair of threes and the Kings used some solid defensive possessions to set themselves up with a one-point lead at the half. Carter was the only player off the Kings’ bench to have a positive plus-minus on the night after putting up a +6.
The second half remained a battle for both teams as both put up the same amount of points in the third and fourth quarters.
- The Kings shot 52.9 percent from the field on the night. The team lost the 3-point battle, making just six and giving up 13, but they made up for it with an 18-point advantage on points in the paint (SAC 64, CHI 46).
- Sacramento’s 29 assists tied their season-high from their Nov. 9 win against the Sixers.
- The Kings had a season-high 10 blocks on the night. Last season, they had just two games with double-digit blocked shots. Willie Cauley-Stein and De’Aaron Fox each had four blocks on the night for the Kings.
- Bogdanovic closed out the fourth quarter scoring seven of the Kings’ final 11 points.
- The Kings and Bulls had trouble keeping possession of the ball in the first half as Sacramento finished with eight turnovers and Chicago relinquished the rock seven times, but the two combined for just six in the second half (SAC 4, CHI 2).