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article imageNBA: Bulls trounce Kings by 40 points to keep pace with Celtics

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 23, 2011 in Sports
Chicago - The Chicago Bulls took the lead in the East from the Boston Celtics for a day, and since then they have been neck and neck thriving towards the post-season. The Bulls hit a snag their last game, but bounced back for a blowout last night.
The Chicago Bulls (50-19) have only lost 3 of their last 15 games, but had their eight game winning streak snapped the other night in a 115-108 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls hosted the Sacramento Kings (17-52), and beat them with no trouble to sweep the season series 2-0.
The Kings opened the game hitting three 3-pointers with two by Garcia and one by Thornton, but they only had a 9-7 lead until Noah made a tip-in to tie the game up at nine. Chicago tried to stretch their lead, but the Kings stayed in it early.
Chicago got their lead to six on a Rose jumper. The teams traded baskets over the last two and a half minutes, and Chicago kept their lead six 34-28 to end the period.
The Bulls pushed their lead to 15 points with a 13-4 run that made it 47-32. Jeter made a pair of free-throws ended the run for the Bulls. The Bulls then made their lead 17 points with buckets from Brewer and Boozer.
Chicago kept their lead around 17 points as the Kings would cut into it, but the Bulls would answer back with a score of their own. At one point the Bulls pushed their lead to 19 points with back-to-back 3-pointers by Korver to make the score 62-43. Dalembert made it 64-47 going into half time with a layup with .10 seconds left.
Marcus Thornton scored 25 points to lead the Kings. Beno Udrih scored 13 points and had five assists and five rebounds. Francisco Garcia scored 12 points with DeMarcus Cousins adding 11 points and eight rebounds. Samuel Dalembert scored just nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Bulls had eight players in double-digits and none of them scored over 18 points. Derrick Rose had 18 points with eight assists, with Kyle Korver also scoring over 18 points. Luol Deng scored 17 points, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points. Joakim Noah had 14 points with nine rebounds and Keith Bogans scored 15 points.
Kyle Korver led the Bulls off the bench, but C.J. Watson scored 11 points with seven rebounds and Omer Asik chipped in with 14 points.
Carlos Boozer gave the Bulls a 21 point lead early in the second half with a pair of free-throws. The Kings cut it down to 18 points with a Thornton jumper. Sacramento continued to try and cut the Bulls lead down, but Noah tipped in a rebound with Deng and Bogans hitting 3-pointers to make the score 91-68. Rose then pushed the Bulls lead to 26 points with a 3-pointer of his own.
During that period Bogans threw a pass toward the rim on a fastbreak to Rose who flew in from the baseline and dunked it with both hands making the crowd go wild.
Chicago score 34 points in the final period as they rested their starters, and routed the Kings who only scored 20 points. The Bulls shot 61 percent for the game to the Kings 43 percent.
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