January 25, 2020 / 3:37 AM / 24 days ago

Kings win in Chicago, end six-game skid

Buddy Hield scored 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting off the bench, and the Sacramento Kings pulled away for a 98-81 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Jan 24, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Sacramento Kings center Dewayne Dedmon (13) dunks the ball in the first half against Chicago Bulls forward Luke Kornet (2) at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Kings while De’Aaron Fox finished with 18. Sacramento snapped a six-game losing streak and posted its first victory since Jan. 7 against the Phoenix Suns.

Zach LaVine scored 21 points to lead the Bulls. Chandler Hutchison had 11 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young and Kris Dunn both finished with 10 for Chicago, which lost for the second time in the past three games.

Sacramento regained a double-digit lead with a 10-4 run to start the fourth quarter. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored to make it 85-73 with 7:02 remaining, prompting the Bulls to call timeout less than 20 seconds later.

The break did little to halt momentum for the Kings, who led comfortably the rest of the way. Bulls coach Jim Boylen and LaVine each drew technical fouls in the final five minutes after arguing about a non-call.

The Kings entered the fourth quarter with a 75-69 advantage. Fox capped a 7-0 run to close the third quarter when he drove to the net for a layup with 7.4 seconds to go.

After trailing by double digits at halftime, the Bulls stormed back with a 12-2 run to open the third quarter to even the score at 56-56. LaVine set the tone for the scoring outburst with four straight Bulls baskets including a driving layup, back-to-back 3-pointers and a slam dunk off a feed from Dunn.

Sacramento led 54-44 at halftime. Nemanja Bjelica scored 13 points before the break to lead the Kings, and Hield had 10.

The Bulls fell behind 9-0 to start the game before Dunn finally broke the scoring drought 3:41 after the opening tip. Chicago climbed within 19-18 before Sacramento finished the first quarter on a 10-3 run to go ahead 29-21.

The Kings pushed their lead to 12 points when Hield made a 3-pointer in the final minute of the first half to make it 54-42. Young responded with a tip-in shot for the Bulls with 21.6 seconds left to cap the scoring before the break.

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