Kings push late, fall to Bulls 108-98

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Kings push late, fall to Bulls 108-98

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- Derrick Rose had 19 points and eight assists and the Chicago Bulls earned a 108-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.The Bulls ran off 15 straight points early in the game and never trailed again in defeating the youthful Kings, the NBA's youngest team.Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls (2-1). Richard Hamilton also had 16 points, while reserve Ronnie Brewer led a productive Chicago bench with 12 points. Luol Deng also scored 12 points.Marcus Thornton had 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 19 for Sacramento (1-2). DeMarcus Cousins, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie Jimmer Fredette scored 14 points and John Salmons had 12.Trailing by 12 points, Fredette hit a 3-pointer and Evans followed with an uncontested dunk, cutting the Chicago lead to seven with 2:53 left. But the Kings could never get closer than that against the veteran Bulls, who made free throws in the closing minutes to secure the win.Rose was in foul trouble in the second half and picked up his fifth at the 7:46 mark in the fourth quarter after fouling Fredette. Joakim Noah followed him to the bench with his fifth less than a minute later with Chicago ahead 96-86.Foul trouble sidelined both Noah and Rose in the third quarter as well. Noah picked up his fourth foul at the 8:01 mark and several minutes later Rose walked slowly to the bench after also getting his fourth foul.But with two of their stars on the bench, the Bulls were still able to stretch their lead to 85-75 heading into the fourth quarter behind the scoring of backup point guard C.J. Watson and the veteran Boozer.Urged by coach Tim Thibodeau to play at a faster pace, the Bulls were on the run early, scoring 15 fast-break points in the first 16 minutes.Chicago had a number of fast-break layups in the opening half when it led 60-53. Rose had 11 points and five assists for the Bulls, while Thornton had 11 points for the Kings.The Bulls open the season with four straight road games, the final one coming Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.Last season, the Bulls led the NBA in opponents' shooting percentage, and were the second-best team in terms of points allowed.Notes: The Kings opened the game by missing 12 of 13 shots. ... The Bulls shot 56 percent in the first half and were aided by their bench, which made a combined 7 of 9 shots. . The Kings entered the game shooting 61 percent from the free-throw line. They made 20 of 34 attempts against the Bulls. . The Bulls took control early, scoring 15 unanswered points for a 19-5 lead midway through the opening quarter. But the Kings scored the final nine points of the quarter to cut the margin to 30-24.

Kings refute reported interest in ex-76ers GM Hinkie

Kings refute reported interest in ex-76ers GM Hinkie

UPDATE (6:30pm PT on Monday): The Kings issued a statement in response to a report that they had received permission to speak with former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie:

"The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade."

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Is "The Process" coming to Sacramento?

The Kings have reportedly received permission to talk to former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, according to ESPN.

Hinkie took over as GM in Philadelphia in the summer of 2013, but after three straight sub-20-win seasons, he stepped down from the role.

According to the report, a specific role for Hinkie is unknown.

More to come...

NBA Gameday: Kings host a hungry Grizzlies team vying for playoff positioning

NBA Gameday: Kings host a hungry Grizzlies team vying for playoff positioning

The Sacramento Kings return home after a tremendous come from behind win over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center. They’ll face a Memphis Grizzlies team that was handed a 12-point loss in Golden State on Sunday.

Willie Cauley-Stein hit the glass in the win over the Clippers, tying his career-high in rebounds with 14. His final board came on a putback lay-in with 1.8 seconds remaining, which proved to be the game winner. Since the All-Star break, the second-year big is posting 12.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31.9 minutes per game.

Memphis is in a heated playoff race. They currently sit seventh in the Western Conference standings, but they trail the Oklahoma City Thunder by just a game and a half with nine games remaining.   

OPENING LINE

Grizzlies by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Buddy Hield vs. Tony Allen -- Hield put on a show with his late game heroics on Sunday afternoon. The rookie knocked down a huge 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass and hit a second triple to help Sacramento erase an 18-point deficit in the final five minutes of the Kings’ win over the Clippers. He’ll face a good old fashion brawler in the Grizzlies Tony Allen on Monday night. Despite his advancing age, the 35-year-old Allen brings a defensive intensity that Hield must adjust to.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 28-45, third place in Pacific

Grizzlies: 40-33, third place in Southwest

INJURY REPORT

Kings: SG Arron Afflalo (personal) out, SF Tyreke Evans (rest) out, SF Rudy Gay (left Achilles tendon) out for the season, SF Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out for the season.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (foot) out, F Chandler Parsons (knee) out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Grizzlies lead the season series 2-1, including victories in the last two meetings between these teams. The Kings hold a 44-38 advantage over the Grizzlies all-time.  

QUOTE

“I thought the whole game, the guys didn’t lose effort and they deserve it. Look at our last couple of weeks, even though the results haven’t been what we want it to be, so many guys that kept fighting, they were able to deserve this win.” -Darren Collison on the Kings’ big win over the Clippers