Kings shock Bulls; Artest and Wallace have peaceful night
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin’s jumper with 6.4 seconds
left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner, and sent the
Sacramento Kings to a shocking 89-88 win over the Chicago Bulls at the United
The shot capped off a wild final 15 seconds, which saw the Bulls squander a
First, Mike Bibby’s fadeaway three-ball from the corner with 14.2 seconds left
brought the Kings within a point, at 88-87. Then, on the ensuing Bulls’
possession, Chris Duhon’s inbound pass was wide of his intended target and
rolled out of bounds.
The Kings turned that into a one-point lead with just over six seconds left,
when Ron Artest fed Martin for an easy shot from the right baseline.
On the final possession of the game, another miscue cost the Bulls a shot to
win. Duhon crossed from the left to the right side on the dribble, but before
he could look up to find a passing lane, the ball bounced off his foot right
to Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim held the ball until throwing a deep pass
as the final seconds ticked away, giving Sacramento its first win of the year.
“I can’t give our guys enough credit for the way they played tonight,” said
Kings head coach Eric Musselman. “This was a great effort for us. It was a
collective effort where everyone contributed.”
Martin led all scorers with a career-high 30 points. Mike Bibby poured in 23
to go with nine assists, but had 11 turnovers.
Ron Artest backed that up with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who
have beaten the Bulls in 14 of their last 15 meetings.
Luol Deng scored 29 points, while Kirk Hinrich had 15. Andres Nocioni added 14
off the bench, and Ben Wallace registered nine points and 13 boards for the
Bulls, who lost their home opener.
“Obviously that is a game we should have won,” Bulls head coach Scott Skiles
said. “We put ourselves in a position to win with a flurry from the last five
minute mark on down. We were unable to close it out.”
The game marked the first time Artest and Wallace played against each other
since the infamous brawl between the Pacers and Pistons in November, 2004.
Unlike that game, in which the melee spilled into the stands, there was no
hostility between the two on Friday though.
Sacramento jumped out to an early 11-6 lead, but the Bulls erased that with
an 11-3 run to take a 17-14 lead after one. Another 11-3 run in the second
gave Chicago some breathing room as they eventually took a 40-34 lead at the
break. The Kings were not helped by their 11 turnovers in the first 24
In the second half, the Bulls led by as many as 15 points, but the Kings began
to chip away at the deficit, eventually clawing back to 58-57 with 1:30
remaining in the third. They would take the lead, 60-58, on a Martin three-
point play with 1:05 left, but the Bulls managed to tie the game on a Duhon
layup, 62-62, heading into the final quarter.
The start of the fourth featured three lead changes, as each team struggled to
shoot its way out of their game-long funk. Eventually, the Bulls forged ahead
by eight, 81-73, with 2:52 left on a Nocioni layup.
The Kings would not be denied, though. An Artest layup with 49 seconds left
got the Kings within three, 85-82. Deng then made only one of two free throws
with 23 ticks left, and the lead was four. After Artest’s running layup cut
the deficit to two, Hinrich sank a pair from the charity stripe to bring the
lead up to four, 88-84.
“I don’t know what to say,” said a dejected Hinrich. “We absolutely gave this
game away. They made a few shots, but we made far too many mistakes. We
should not have lost that game.”
Chicago shot just 41 percent from the field and was 2-of-9 from beyond the
arc, but Sacramento shot 37 percent…The Kings committed 26 turnovers for the
game, while the Bulls turned it over 24 times.