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Fox sparks 2nd-half rally, Kings beat Bulls 108-89

CHICAGO (AP) De'Aaron Fox put together another impressive offensive display on Monday night. And all he wanted to talk about was defense.

Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, helping the Sacramento Kings rally for a 108-89 victory over the lowly Chicago Bulls.

The speedy 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.

Fox said two steals he made in the third quarter were a big part of Sacramento's turnaround.

''That's what started me,'' the second-year guard said. ''After those two steals, the whole momentum of the game just changed. After that, we never looked back.''

Kings coach Dave Joerger agreed.

''What he did from the first half to the second half was awesome,'' Joerger said. ''He really was a leader out there not just scoring the basketball, but he picked up his defensive pressure.''

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.

''We got stung in the third quarter,'' coach Jim Boylen said. ''I thought their energy went up and our energy went down as the game went on. That's something we talked in there as a team, and that's something we need to fix.''

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.

Fox started the key stretch with a pair of free throws and then registered steals on back-to-back possessions. He converted a dunk off the first steal and Iman Shumpert hit a 3-pointer following the second.

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.

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

TIP-INS

Kings: Buddy Hield and 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.

TIPPING POINT

Less than a week into his tenure, 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.''

Said LaVine: ''I think everything made us closer. Good, bad or ugly, I think that ordeal was good for the team.''

SLOPPY

The Bulls finished with a season-high 27 turnovers, which led to 31 Sacramento points.

UP NEXT

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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Key Players
D. Fox
5 PG
Z. LaVine
8 PG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
24.0 Pts. Per Game 24.0
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
47.6 Field Goal % 44.7
47.8 Three Point % 44.6
71.6 Free Throw % 87.3
  Lost ball turnover on Bobby Portis, stolen by Buddy Hield 0:15
  Backcourt turnover on De'Aaron Fox 0:24
+ 3 Chandler Hutchison made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 0:38
  Personal foul on Iman Shumpert 0:46
  Traveling violation turnover on De'Aaron Fox 1:00
  Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bogdanovic 1:18
  Bobby Portis missed hook shot 1:20
  Offensive rebound by Bobby Portis 1:23
  Cameron Payne missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:26
+ 2 De'Aaron Fox made driving layup, assist by Harry Giles 1:47
  Offensive foul on Wendell Carter Jr. 2:08
Team Stats
Points 108 89
Field Goals 40-88 (45.5%) 34-76 (44.7%)
3-Pointers 16-37 (43.2%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 13-13 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 44
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 32 33
Team 7 4
Assists 28 16
Steals 16 10
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 16 27
Fouls 15 17
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
K. Dunn PG 32
9 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Kings 14-12 26193627108
home team logo Bulls 6-22 3323181589
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 14-12 113.4 PPG 45 RPG 25.6 APG
home team logo Bulls 6-22 103.2 PPG 42.1 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
D. Fox PG 17.2 PPG 3.7 RPG 7.2 APG 46.1 FG%
Z. LaVine PG 23.0 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.4 APG 46.2 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Fox PG 25 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
Z. LaVine PG 19 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
45.5 FG% 44.7
43.2 3PT FG% 28.6
80.0 FT% 100.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 25 4 6 8/16 4/6 5/6 2 33 4 1 4 1 3 +17 42
I. Shumpert 14 0 5 5/11 4/8 0/0 2 33 4 0 5 0 0 +9 23
B. Hield 14 4 4 5/11 4/9 0/0 1 33 1 0 2 0 4 +27 25
W. Cauley-Stein 11 16 3 5/11 0/0 1/1 3 27 3 0 1 4 12 +10 35
N. Bjelica 6 6 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 21 0 1 3 2 4 -8 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 25 4 6 8/16 4/6 5/6 2 33 4 1 4 1 3 +17 42
I. Shumpert 14 0 5 5/11 4/8 0/0 2 33 4 0 5 0 0 +9 23
B. Hield 14 4 4 5/11 4/9 0/0 1 33 1 0 2 0 4 +27 25
W. Cauley-Stein 11 16 3 5/11 0/0 1/1 3 27 3 0 1 4 12 +10 35
N. Bjelica 6 6 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 21 0 1 3 2 4 -8 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 16 6 3 6/13 3/8 1/2 1 30 2 0 0 1 5 +12 30
M. Bagley III 16 2 0 5/9 1/1 5/6 2 26 0 0 0 1 1 +18 18
J. Jackson 4 1 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 7 1 0 0 1 0 -1 6
K. Koufos 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 1 0 0 2 +14 6
F. Mason III 0 1 4 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 1 1 0 1 -2 9
H. Giles 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ferrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 42 28 40/88 16/37 12/15 15 235 16 4 16 10 32 +95 210
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 19 2 2 7/13 3/5 2/2 1 32 3 0 6 1 1 -22 22
L. Markkanen 13 6 1 5/16 1/8 2/2 1 28 1 0 2 0 6 -12 20
J. Holiday 9 3 1 3/9 1/6 2/2 0 34 3 0 4 0 3 -17 13
W. Carter Jr. 8 8 2 3/6 0/0 2/2 3 29 1 2 3 1 7 -7 20
R. Arcidiacono 2 5 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 26 0 0 0 2 3 -7 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 19 2 2 7/13 3/5 2/2 1 32 3 0 6 1 1 -22 22
L. Markkanen 13 6 1 5/16 1/8 2/2 1 28 1 0 2 0 6 -12 20
J. Holiday 9 3 1 3/9 1/6 2/2 0 34 3 0 4 0 3 -17 13
W. Carter Jr. 8 8 2 3/6 0/0 2/2 3 29 1 2 3 1 7 -7 20
R. Arcidiacono 2 5 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 26 0 0 0 2 3 -7 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Dunn 9 3 6 3/5 0/2 3/3 4 20 0 0 2 1 2 -9 22
B. Portis 9 8 1 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 18 0 1 1 2 6 -9 19
J. Parker 7 3 0 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 18 0 0 5 0 3 -8 5
R. Lopez 6 1 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 2 0 1 +1 6
S. Harrison 4 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 11 2 0 2 0 0 -6 4
C. Hutchison 3 1 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 -1 4
C. Payne 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
C. Felicio 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +1 0
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 40 16 34/76 8/28 13/13 17 235 10 4 27 7 33 -95 148