The Chicago Bulls saw a 19-point fourth quarter lead dwindle to just two points against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at the United Center, but some clutch free throw shooting prevented a Chicago meltdown. The Bulls won 121-115 to improve to 24-7 and 10-1 at home.
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah carried Chicago to victory. Deng finished with 23 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds. Noah had his first 20-point effort of the season, posting a final line of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver (18 points) and Taj Gibson (15 points) were each huge off the bench, as was guard John Lucas III, who had nine points and nine assists with just one turnover.
DeMarcus Cousins (28 points, 17 rebounds) was awfully impressive for Sacramento in defeat. Tyreke Evans also had himself a game, finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Teammate Marcus Thornton added 23 points.
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