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Kings score 9 in 1st, rally to beat Bulls 104-98

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Two days after getting heated with his players didn't work, Sacramento coach Dave Joerger tried a softer, gentler approach and got the results he wanted.

If only it had been that easy for the Kings all season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and Sacramento overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Monday night.

The Kings scored just nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and were down by seven with 10 minutes left before rallying to complete Sacramento's first season sweep of the Bulls since 2006-07.

''I did a fair bit of screaming Saturday night trying to get us to play and I couldn't,'' Joerger said, referring to a 106-99 loss to Dallas. ''If you start doing on that on a nightly basis and they'll not hear you. So I was trying to be very positive.''

After Zach LaVine's follow shot tied it at 93 with less than 4 minutes left, Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Chicago's Bobby Portis exchanged 3-pointers. Bogdanovic then hit the go-ahead bucket for the Kings on an uncontested shot beyond the arc.

Willie Cauley-Stein added an emphatic dunk but was called for goaltending on a shot by LaVine that cut the Kings' lead to 101-98. George Hill added three free throws over the final 11.4 seconds.

Bogdanovic had 15 points, Hill scored 14 and Garrett Temple added 12 for Sacramento.

The Kings became the second team this season to win after scoring nine or fewer in the first quarter. Miami beat the Bulls on Nov. 26 after being held to seven in the opening period.

''We didn't drive into the paint as much in the second half, and we started making shots,'' Bogdanovic said.

LaVine scored 27 points and Justin Holiday had 20 for Chicago. The Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half, have dropped seven straight.

Chicago was already playing without Lauri Markkanen, who missed his third straight game due to the birth of his child, and Kris Dunn. Markkanen was scheduled to join the Bulls in Sacramento but his flight was cancelled due to weather in Chicago.

''Best start we had in a long time,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''But then they ramped up the pressure on us in the second half and really bothered us.''

The Bulls led 28-9 after the first quarter while limiting the Kings to a season low for scoring in any period this season. The Kings were booed off the court after making only four shots.

Sacramento turned things around after that, scoring 32 in the second, 36 in the third and 27 in the fourth.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Holiday had 11 points with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. . Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn is feeling better and is making progress from the concussion he suffered against Golden State on Jan. 17.

Kings: Rookie De'Aaron Fox limped off the court after scoring as part of Sacramento's 19-6 run in the third. ... Frank Mason continues to make progress from the partial tear in his right plantar fascia but the team said it plans to keep him out until after the All-Star break to continue the healing process. ... The Kings announced that Hield was added to the Skills Challenge during the All-Star festivities. . Malachi Richardson missed his second game with a sprained left ankle.

EJECTED, NOT DEJECTED

Lopez had to be held back by teammates after being called for a second technical with 4:21 left in the second quarter. The 7-footer then reluctantly left the court and grabbed a chair in the tunnel leading to the Bulls locker room and tossed it.

''I disagreed with the call,'' Lopez said. ''I told him, `That's bad.' I'm not sure the reason behind the technical, but I supposed the officials are absolute and who am I to discredit that? I was a little bit surprised. In my mind, such a subdued response.''

UP NEXT

Bulls: Return to Chicago to host Minnesota on Friday.

Kings: Host Portland on Friday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Team rebound 0:00
  Jerian Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Bobby Portis 0:05
  Team rebound 0:05
  Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine 0:09
  George Hill missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Justin Holiday 0:11
Team Stats
Points 98 104
Field Goals 32-80 (40.0%) 37-84 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 11-32 (34.4%)
Free Throws 20-24 (83.3%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 54
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 37 36
Team 5 9
Assists 20 22
Steals 6 5
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 2 0
18 PTS, 14 REB, 4 AST
11 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
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home team logo Kings 17-36 9323627104
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 18-35 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 17-36 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
Z. LaVine PG 16.7 PPG 3.9 RPG 3.0 APG 38.3 FG%
B. Bogdanovic SG 11.8 PPG 2.9 RPG 3.3 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. LaVine PG 27 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
B. Bogdanovic SG 15 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
40.0 FG% 44.0
38.9 3PT FG% 34.4
83.3 FT% 76.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 31 27 3 2 1 0 2 2 9/18 4/8 5/5 1 2 33 -12
J. Holiday 35 20 4 2 1 0 0 3 6/10 4/7 4/5 0 4 29 -1
B. Portis 32 18 14 4 2 0 1 2 7/19 2/6 2/4 2 12 41 -4
J. Grant 36 9 4 5 0 0 3 3 1/6 1/5 6/6 1 3 20 -6
R. Lopez 13 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 31 27 3 2 1 0 2 2 9/18 4/8 5/5 1 2 33 -12
J. Holiday 35 20 4 2 1 0 0 3 6/10 4/7 4/5 0 4 29 -1
B. Portis 32 18 14 4 2 0 1 2 7/19 2/6 2/4 2 12 41 -4
J. Grant 36 9 4 5 0 0 3 3 1/6 1/5 6/6 1 3 20 -6
R. Lopez 13 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 22 11 7 2 1 0 3 2 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 7 20 +7
P. Zipser 32 10 4 2 1 1 2 3 3/10 2/6 2/2 0 4 18 -5
C. Felicio 17 1 7 2 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 1/2 4 3 11 -16
R. Arcidiacono 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -2
D. Nwaba 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -6
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 98 46 20 6 1 12 21 32/80 14/36 20/24 9 37 179 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 15 4 4 2 0 0 0 3/9 3/7 6/6 0 4 29 +10
Z. Randolph 28 11 9 4 1 2 1 0 5/13 0/3 1/1 2 7 30 +2
J. Jackson 23 11 4 1 1 0 1 1 4/7 0/3 3/4 0 4 17 -2
W. Cauley-Stein 16 7 6 1 0 0 1 5 3/7 0/0 1/2 1 5 14 +7
D. Fox 16 5 2 2 0 0 2 1 2/7 0/1 1/2 1 1 9 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 15 4 4 2 0 0 0 3/9 3/7 6/6 0 4 29 +10
Z. Randolph 28 11 9 4 1 2 1 0 5/13 0/3 1/1 2 7 30 +2
J. Jackson 23 11 4 1 1 0 1 1 4/7 0/3 3/4 0 4 17 -2
W. Cauley-Stein 16 7 6 1 0 0 1 5 3/7 0/0 1/2 1 5 14 +7
D. Fox 16 5 2 2 0 0 2 1 2/7 0/1 1/2 1 1 9 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hill 25 14 4 5 0 0 2 3 4/9 2/4 4/5 2 2 26 +4
G. Temple 26 12 1 3 1 0 2 1 4/9 2/4 2/2 0 1 18 +10
B. Hield 21 11 2 1 0 1 0 1 4/10 3/7 0/0 0 2 16 +3
J. Sampson 18 9 6 0 0 1 0 2 4/5 1/1 0/0 2 4 16 +3
K. Koufos 16 5 6 0 0 1 0 1 2/3 0/0 1/3 1 5 12 +3
V. Carter 15 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 5 -4
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 104 45 22 5 5 11 17 37/84 11/32 19/25 9 36 192 +30