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    De'Aaron Fox sizzles as Kings fight back from double digits down to beat Bulls

    Dec 11, 2018

    CHICAGO — De'Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, and the Sacramento Kings rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls, 108-89, on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

    Fox went 8 for 11 from the field after missing each of his first five shots in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III added 16 points apiece as Sacramento closed out a 3-1 road trip.

    Chicago led by as many as 14 in its ninth loss in 10 games. The Bulls were coming off a franchise-record 133-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

    Zach LaVine led Chicago with 19 points, and Lauri Markkanen had 13.

    After falling behind 17-0 on Saturday, the Bulls got off to a better start in this one. They led 33-26 at the end of the first quarter and 56-45 at halftime.

    Chicago had a 66-57 lead in the third before Sacramento closed the quarter with a 24-8 run.

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    The speedy Fox sparked the offense with 15 points during the key stretch, but the Kings also picked up the pressure on defense. The Bulls shot 22 for 41 (53.7 percent) from the field in the first half, but were just 6 for 16 (37.5 percent) in the third.

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    Sacramento kept up the intensity in the fourth and Chicago never made a serious push.


    Kings: Buddy Hield and Iman Shumpert each scored 14 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 16 rebounds. ... Sacramento improved to 14-12. It's the latest point in a season it has been above .500 since the 2005-06 season. The Kings finished 44-38 that year in their most recent playoff appearance.

    Bulls: G Kris Dunn (sprained left knee) and F Bobby Portis (sprained right knee) returned to the lineup after sitting out nearly seven weeks. Dunn finished with nine points in 20 minutes, and Portis had nine points in 19 minutes. ... G Justin Holiday went 1 for 6 on 3-pointers. He has made at least one 3 in 39 consecutive games dating to last season. He's the only NBA player with at least one 3 in every game this season.

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    Less than a week into his tenure, Bulls coach Jim Boylen faced a crisis over the weekend. Following the loss to the Celtics, Boylen planned to practice on Sunday even though the Bulls had played back-to-back games.

    Some players reportedly discussed not showing up. Instead of a practice session, a lengthy team meeting was held.

    Before Monday's game, Boylen said everything was fine and he would continue to push hard.

    "I expected something like yesterday to happen," he said. "I've been waiting on it, I was prepared for it, I took it head on."


    Kings: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

    Bulls: Play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Thursday night to begin a three-game trip.

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