Kings eclipse Pacers after furious fourth-quarter comeback

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Kings eclipse Pacers after furious fourth-quarter comeback

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SACRAMENTO -- Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 92-88 Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.Francisco Garcia scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the period. DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and tied a career-high with 19 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 30 percent.Darren Collison and Danny Granger scored 16 points each for Indiana, which snapped a three-game winning streak. David West and Roy Hibbert added 13 points each and Paul George had 10 points and nine rebounds.The Pacers shot 3 for 16 shots in the final period and had nine turnovers. Neither team had a field goal in the final 3:24.

Ahead 90-87, the Kings fouled Granger intentionally with 5.6 seconds left. Granger made the first free throw but his lane violation gave the ball back to the Kings. Garcia made two free throws a second later to seal the victory.Garcia made two free throws with 2:20 left, giving the Kings an 88-87 lead, their first advantage since midway through the second quarter. Fouled again with 54 seconds left, Garcia made 1 of 2 free throws for an 89-87 lead.The Kings opened the fourth quarter in a zone defense that seemingly bothered the Pacers. Indiana began the final period by missing 8 of 11 shots and squandered its big lead.Sacramento went on a 10-2 run to begin the fourth. Tyreke Evans was fouled on an off-balance layup in traffic, and his three-point play pulled the Kings to 82-76 with just over two minutes gone in the quarter.After a quiet first half, Collison got going in the third quarter. The speedy point guard scored 13 points to help Indiana outscore the Kings 30-21 and take an 80-66 lead heading into the fourth.Collison, who had two first-half points, opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and a layup off a steal. A basket by George put the Pacers ahead 63-50 at the 8:32 mark.Both West and Hibbert scored 11 points in the the opening half when the Pacers led 50-45. Cousins had nine points and 12 rebounds, including 10 at the offensive end, for the Kings, who shot a dismal 33 percent.NOTES: Granger, the Pacers' leading scorer, came into the game shooting 33 percent. ... Jason Thompson made his first start of the season, replacing J.J. Hickson at forward for the Kings. ... Cousins missed all five shots and two free throws in the opening quarter, but had six rebounds in seven minutes. ... Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette continues to struggle with his shot, missing all four attempts and going scoreless in six minutes. He entered the game shooting just over 34 percent.

Questionable foul call crushes Kings, losing streak reaches five

Questionable foul call crushes Kings, losing streak reaches five

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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade had 30 points and two key steals in the final minute, Jimmy Butler added 23 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 42-point performance by DeMarcus Cousins for a 102-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Wade, who had 13 points in the fourth quarter, snapped a 99-all tie by making a free throw with 14 seconds left. He had missed a breakaway dunk after making a steal, but Cousins was called for a foul for putting his hand on Wade's hip as he tried to dunk the ball.

On the next Kings possession, Wade came up with another steal and fed Michael Carter-Williams for a breakaway basket to seal the win.

Cousins was 16 for 28 from the field, including 2 for 7 on 3-pointers, and added 14 rebounds.

Chicago took a 55-52 halftime lead, but Sacramento started quickly in the third quarter and took a 61-59 lead on a Cousins' three-point play. The Kings led by as many as seven points before the Bulls closed with a 12-3 run to take a 75-73 lead into the fourth.

The score was tight throughout much of the final quarter before the Bulls rallied for a 95-91 lead with three minutes to go on a three-point play by Wade. Cousins, though, answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Sacramento back on top, 97-95, with just over two minutes left. Wade hit a jumper on Chicago's next possession to tie the score with 1:53 to play.

Following a scoreless possession by each team, Cousins gave the Kings a 99-97 edge with 52 seconds remaining. The Bulls tied it again on Robin Lopez's follow of Butler's miss with 36 seconds to play, setting the stage for Wade.

TIP-INS

Kings: They have dropped seven straight in Chicago. Sacramento's last win was a 102-98 victory on Dec. 21, 2009 - a game in which the Kings trailed 79-44 for the largest comeback in franchise history.

Bulls: F Doug McDermott appeared to break out of slump with a 31-point effort (in 33 minutes) against Memphis on Jan. 15, but had a combined nine points on 4-for-13 shooting in the next two games before Saturday. He had three points on 1-for-5 shooting on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night in the third game of eight-game road trip.

Bulls: At Orlando on Tuesday night. Chicago had a 112-80 victory in the first meeting with the Magic on Nov. 7.

NBA Gameday: Kings visit Chicago in battle of back-to-backs

NBA Gameday: Kings visit Chicago in battle of back-to-backs

After dropping their fourth straight game Friday night in Memphis, the Sacramento Kings are now just 2-9 over their previous 11 games. They draw the Chicago Bulls on Saturday evening that also lost the night before and have been struggling of late. It’s a battle of the back-to-backs at the United Center.

Sacramento is adjusting to life without second leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles. Arron Afflalo started in Gay’s place against Memphis and scored just five points and grabbed two rebounds in 25 minutes of action. The Kings need someone to step forward at the small forward position or this eight game road trip is going to get ugly.

Chicago has been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season long. They have plenty of talent, but they can’t seem to find a way to put it all together. They currently sit in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but they are 2-5 over their last seven contests.

LINE

Bulls by 5.5

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 16-26, third place in Pacific

Bulls: 21-23, third place in Central

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Garrett Temple vs. Dwyane Wade -- Temple has been a nice addition for Sacramento, playing minutes at the one, two and three this season for coach Dave Joerger. Temple started at the shooting guard spot against the Grizzlies on Friday night and will likely do the same on Saturday against Wade and the Bulls. Wade isn’t the same player he once was, but the 12-time All-Star can still score in bunches and give the Bulls a much needed second option alongside Jimmy Butler.  

INJURY REPORT

Kings: SF Rudy (left Achilles tendon) out for the season, SF Omri Casspi (calf strain) out.

Bulls: No injuries to report.

SERIES HISTORY

The Bulls swept the season-series 2-0 last year, including a 109-102 win over Sacramento on March 21. Chicago holds an 80-75 advantage over the Kings all-time and a 33-28 lead during the Sacramento-era.