The Chicago Bulls edged out the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins’ 42 point night to win a close game, 102-99.
The game came down to the wire. Dwyane Wade made a free-throw to put Chicago ahead in the closing seconds. Taj Gibson stole a ball earmarked for DeMarcus Cousins and Michael Carter-Williams scored his first basket of the game on an alley-oop feed from Wade for a basket with :03 ticks on the clock to put the Bulls up by three.
The Bulls will take it after the crazy week they’ve had. Friday night in Atlanta, they trailed the Hawks by 30 points to start the 4th quarter. The Bulls reserve players went on a run to make the score respectable, but this game was an embarrassing loss.
The Bulls had beaten the Kings at home in recent years, and with a 16-26 record, you’d figure the Bulls could win this game. Not so fast, it was touch and go all night. DeMarcus Cousins scored 42 points and had 14 boards in a one-man wrecking crew performance.
Guard Arron Afflalo scored 9 points and no other Kings player had double figures. Meanwhile, the Bulls got contributions from the reliable Wade, 30 points, and Butler (23). Butler made 10-10 from the charity stripe line. Reserve guard Paul Zipser came off the bench to hit three point shots en route to 13 points. Robin Lopez scored 9 points and hauled in eight boards.
The Bulls improve to 22-23 on the year and are the 8th seed in conference playoff standings. The bottom line is, who knows what is happening with this team? It looks that the Bulls certainly don’t know. Win one, lose two, has been the story of late.
In response to the loss to Atlanta on Friday, coach Hoiberg said, “We will look at everything.” Perhaps that is an ongoing process. Chicago shot 41% from the field but it still got the win. The Bulls outrebounded the Kings 48-40. Saturday Wade made the big plays and the Bulls come out on top.