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Bulls nearly blow big lead, hold off Kings 113-106

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Zach LaVine kept getting to the free throw line down the stretch, Lauri Markkanen rediscovered his shooting stroke and the Chicago Bulls finally figured out a way to close one out.

LaVine scored 28 points and made four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and the Bulls overcame a sloppy fourth quarter to hold off the Sacramento Kings 113-106 on Monday night.

Markkanen had 20 points and seven rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Tomas Satoransky scored 14 points as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.

''We made the plays we had to make,'' Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. ''We fought back from being down, we got a lead then we lost it, then we fought back again.''

The Bulls (7-14) led by 19 early in the second half but had trouble hanging on. Chicago committed eight of its 18 turnovers in the fourth quarter and made only one basket over the final 4 1/2 minutes.

Buddy Hield hit a step-back jumper that pulled the Kings to 102-100 with 2:18 remaining. After Markkanen made two free throws, he and Hield exchanged 3-pointers to make it 107-103.

Sacramento got the ball back but Hield missed three shots from beyond the arc in the last 36 seconds, and LaVine sealed the game at the free throw line.

''We're supposed to do things like that,'' LaVine said. ''I think we've been underperforming up to this point. We should be playing like this. We should be getting these wins and holding teams off, but we haven't. We have to prove it not just to the general public and other teams, but to ourselves.''

Getting Markkanen going was a key factor for Chicago. He had been held to nine points or fewer in four of the last seven games and went into this one averaging 13.3 points. Against the Kings, he shot 6 of 12 and made four 3s.

It's the first time this season Markkanen and LaVine have scored 20 or more in the same game.

''I've been trying to find my spots and it's been a lot of 3s, so I'm glad I got to the rim a couple times,'' Markkanen said.

Hield finished with 26 points for Sacramento. Richaun Holmes added 20 points and nine rebounds.

''We took them lightly. We didn't respect them enough,'' Hield said. ''We were up by 11 and we got too cool. When you give a team confidence, they come back to bite you quick.''

The Bulls took control with a 21-6 run to start the second quarter. After Carter, Kris Dunn and Markkanen scored on consecutive dunks, Markkanen added a 3-pointer - Chicago's fifth of the period - and Lavine made a reverse layup to extend the lead to 54-39.

Sacramento trailed by 19 early in the third quarter, then went on a late run to pull to 84-74 after a pair of free throws from Harrison Barnes.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago had nine steals, giving the Bulls 204 in 21 games this season. They became the fastest Eastern Conference team to reach 200 since Boston did it in 18 games in 2015-16. . Eight players scored in the first quarter.

Kings: Trevor Ariza went scoreless in 12 minutes after missing the previous six games for personal reasons. . Sacramento had won its last four against Chicago.

QUOTABLE

''Once he made his first two, he started looking like back to old Lauri. Hopefully, it's wheels up from there.'' - LaVine on Markkanen.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Kings: Begin a four-game road trip Wednesday at Portland. The teams split two games in Sacramento earlier this season.

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Key Players
Z. LaVine
8 PG
B. Hield
24 SG
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
43.5 Field Goal % 41.7
43.6 Three Point % 40.9
81.0 Free Throw % 87.2
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:02
+ 2 Richaun Holmes made floating jump shot 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 0:03
  Harrison Barnes missed driving layup 0:05
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Yogi Ferrell 0:11
+ 1 Harrison Barnes made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
  SAC team rebound 0:16
Team Stats
Points 113 106
Field Goals 36-75 (48.0%) 40-83 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 16-37 (43.2%) 9-33 (27.3%)
Free Throws 25-29 (86.2%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 41 48
Offensive 3 10
Defensive 29 31
Team 9 7
Assists 20 22
Steals 9 7
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 18 18
Fouls 20 26
Technicals 0 1
28 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
26 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Bulls 7-14 22332929113
home team logo Kings 8-11 23213032106
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 7-14 106.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Kings 8-11 105.2 PPG 41.7 RPG 22.3 APG
Key Players
Z. LaVine PG 22.7 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.0 APG 43.6 FG%
B. Hield SG 21.5 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.8 APG 42.1 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. LaVine PG 28 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
B. Hield SG 26 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
48.0 FG% 48.2
43.2 3PT FG% 27.3
86.2 FT% 85.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 1 3 7/13 5/7 9/11 2 35 1 0 2 0 1 -4 34
L. Markkanen 20 7 1 6/12 4/8 4/4 2 29 0 0 2 0 7 -5 27
T. Satoransky 14 2 5 3/9 0/4 8/8 2 33 1 0 3 1 1 -6 24
W. Carter Jr. 10 10 1 4/8 0/1 2/2 4 37 2 0 5 2 8 -3 19
K. Dunn 6 3 4 3/8 0/3 0/0 4 30 2 0 1 0 3 -7 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 1 3 7/13 5/7 9/11 2 35 1 0 2 0 1 -4 34
L. Markkanen 20 7 1 6/12 4/8 4/4 2 29 0 0 2 0 7 -5 27
T. Satoransky 14 2 5 3/9 0/4 8/8 2 33 1 0 3 1 1 -6 24
W. Carter Jr. 10 10 1 4/8 0/1 2/2 4 37 2 0 5 2 8 -3 19
K. Dunn 6 3 4 3/8 0/3 0/0 4 30 2 0 1 0 3 -7 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. White 11 3 3 4/9 3/6 0/0 0 21 0 0 0 0 3 +13 20
T. Young 7 3 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 18 0 0 2 0 3 +12 10
D. Gafford 7 0 0 3/3 0/0 1/3 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 +10 7
D. Valentine 6 3 1 2/5 2/4 0/0 2 11 2 0 0 0 3 +15 13
R. Arcidiacono 4 0 1 1/2 1/2 1/1 2 12 1 0 3 0 0 +10 4
O. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Strus - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hutchison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mokoka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 32 20 36/75 16/37 25/29 20 236 9 0 18 3 29 +35 176
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 26 5 4 9/21 3/13 5/6 4 39 1 0 1 0 5 -4 39
R. Holmes 20 9 1 9/12 0/0 2/2 4 32 1 1 0 4 5 -1 33
N. Bjelica 18 8 2 7/10 2/3 2/2 4 30 1 2 2 1 7 +6 31
H. Barnes 16 3 1 6/16 1/5 3/4 1 36 0 0 1 2 1 -3 20
C. Joseph 2 4 7 1/4 0/2 0/0 4 25 0 1 2 0 4 -5 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 26 5 4 9/21 3/13 5/6 4 39 1 0 1 0 5 -4 39
R. Holmes 20 9 1 9/12 0/0 2/2 4 32 1 1 0 4 5 -1 33
N. Bjelica 18 8 2 7/10 2/3 2/2 4 30 1 2 2 1 7 +6 31
H. Barnes 16 3 1 6/16 1/5 3/4 1 36 0 0 1 2 1 -3 20
C. Joseph 2 4 7 1/4 0/2 0/0 4 25 0 1 2 0 4 -5 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 11 2 3 4/9 2/5 1/2 1 21 0 0 3 0 2 -4 16
Y. Ferrell 9 1 4 3/5 1/1 2/2 3 20 2 0 1 0 1 +4 19
D. Dedmon 2 7 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 11 1 1 3 2 5 -12 8
T. Ariza 2 1 0 0/4 0/3 2/2 0 12 1 0 2 0 1 -10 2
J. James 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 3 1 0 -6 -2
D. Jeffries - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Guy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bagley III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 41 22 40/83 9/33 17/20 26 235 7 5 18 10 31 -35 185