After starting their three game road trip on a winning note, the Kings momentum didn’t extend to the Windy City as the Bulls ran rough shot on the Kings, drubbing the purple and black by 27 in their 95-68 victory.
Tyreke Evans, who had played so well as of late struggled mightily on both the offensive and defensive end, going 1-9 from the field with four turnovers while his counterpart Derrick Rose scored 24 and managed 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the Bulls victory.
The lone bright spots for the Kings came at the hands of their big men as DeMarcus Cousins recorded another double-double (14 & 12) while J.J. Hickson recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 & 10, despite a lackluster shooting night.
After a strong first quarter in which the Kings took the lead late (and into the second quarter), the Bulls defense clamped down, holding the Kings to only 13 points in the quarter. Hoping to start the third quarter on a better note, the Kings scored the first four points of the second half but could only muster another eight in the quarter after that, painfully scoring a point less than they did in the second quarter – a grand total of 26 points in the 2nd and 3rd combined.
Now 1-1 on their three game road trip (and 2-5 overall), the Kings head to Memphis on Monday evening before returning home for a one game homestand versus John Wall and the Washington Wizards.