CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 38 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the slumping Sacramento Kings 122-114 on Saturday night.
The Bulls bounced back after getting dominated by Joel Embiid in a tight loss at Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia on Friday night. They withstood a fourth quarter push and handed the Kings their sixth loss in a row.
LaVine made 15 of 20 shots in his fourth straight game with 30 or more points. He also had three steals.
Coby White scored 19 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers. Thaddeus Young added 18 points and made a key layup in the closing minute.
Patrick Williams hit the shot of the night when he buried a 52-footer at the end of the third quarter, and the Bulls improved to 6-9 at the United Center.
Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III tied a season high with 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Buddy Hield scored 23 points, and De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and nine assists. The Kings remained winless since they beat Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 8.
The Bulls led 101-92 early in the fourth quarter before Sacramento scored seven straight, Bagley's driving layup cutting it to two.
Garrett Temple stopped that spurt with a 3-pointer. LaVine answered Fox's layup with one of his own, and White followed with a 3 for Chicago to make it 109-101 with just under six minutes remaining.
After a three-point play by Sacramento's Tyrese Haliburton, LaVine scored seven points in just over a minute to help Chicago stretch the lead to 116-106.
The Kings scored six straight, with Fox hitting two free throws to make it a four-point game with 1:12 remaining. A driving Young hit a floater to make it 118-112 with 45 seconds remaining.
Temple then blocked Hield's 3. LaVine hit a 16-footer to bump the lead to eight and the Bulls hung on for the win.
Kings: F Harrison Barnes (strained left foot) — Sacramento's second-leading scorer — missed his second consecutive game. F Richaun Holmes (sore right knee) missed his third in a row, while F Glenn Robinson III (sore right knee) was also unavailable.
Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (sprained right shoulder) still is experiencing soreness and the Bulls have “no more clarity” on when he might return, coach Billy Donovan said. The 7-footer from Finland missed his eighth game in a row. The Bulls announced Feb. 8 they expected him to miss two to four weeks, and Donovan said Saturday Markkanen has not experienced a setback. ... Veteran F Otto Porter Jr. (lower back spasms) has been shooting in practice, though his timetable remains up in the air. He missed his 10th game in a row.
Kings: Visit Milwaukee on Sunday.
Bulls: Visit Houston on Monday.
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