Due to the excellent performance by Zach Randolph, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Chicago Bulls tonight by a score of 107-106.
To begin the game, the defense was nonexistent for both clubs. For the Kings specifically, they allowed the Bulls to score 31 points in the quarter while shooting 13-22 (59%) from the floor. If it were not for Zach Randolph starting the game strong with 11 points in the period, Sacramento would have found themselves in a huge deficit early.
The second quarter remained the same. Both defenses were still playing sluggish which resulted in a high-scoring half. Fortunately for the Kings, their offense was a little bit more efficient than the Bulls which gave them the 62-61 lead going into halftime.
The defense for both teams came alive once the second half was in session. Due to an upgrade in defense, the third quarter ended with a 21-21 tie where Sacramento maintained their one-point lead.
For the final period of the contest, it was a competitive 12 minutes. Points were hard to come by as both teams were stingy on defense, and the only times scoring happened was when baskets were being traded off with one another. But to the Kings’ fortunate, they did just enough to come out of Chicago with the one-point victory.
Player of the Game
Sacramento’s player of the game has to go to Zach Randolph. In the beginning of the match, Z-Bo was there for his team when they struggled and he remained to be a positive impact as the game went on. For the night, Randolph scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Without his presence on the court tonight, I believe the Kings would have lost to an inferior opponent.
Next time the Kings take the hardwood with be tomorrow night as they face off against the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in the same week.