Also, Cole Aldrich might have killed a guy with a trident.
The Bulls, even without Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich are a very talented team. They're currently fifth in the East and 4th in overall defensive efficiency.
But this game was over almost before it began.
Sacramento was short-handed itself with DeMarcus Cousins out with a left quad contusion. Patrick Patterson started in his place and set the tone early. Patterson scored 11 of his 14 points in the first quarter to help get the Kings up by double digits quickly. Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans carried it even farther, stroking shot after shot. Tyreke was automatic, finishing with 26 points (11-13 from the field), 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. 18 of Evans' points came in the first half alone. Isaiah added 22 points on 8-14 shooting with 3 assists.
The bench also came in and played their part to perfection. Cole Aldrich saw quite a bit of time early thanks to a couple quick fouls on Jason Thompson and he made the most of it. Aldrich isn't and never will be an offensive force, but he moves well on the defensive end, attacks the boards on both ends of the floor and sets great picks. He finished with 6 points, 6 boards and a block.
Chuck Hayes had probably his best statistical game of the season, scoring 10 points to go with 8 rebounds for the near double-double.
Bench guards Jimmer Fredette, Toney Douglas and Marcus Thornton all had their moments as well. Douglas was a pest defensively and Jimmer and Marcus did a good job of scoring both inside and out. Those guards combined for 26 points, a balanced effort.
Perhaps the only Kings who did not have good games were John Salmons (5 points on 2-10 shooting) and Travis Outlaw (who saw just 5:43 of garbage time and did not make either of his attempts). The Kings as a whole played solid defense and held the Bulls to just 38.6% from the field. Carlos Boozer (21 points) and Nate Robinson (19 points) were the only Bulls to really do any damage. Marco Belinelli, who has hurt the Kings in the past, missed all 9 of his shots. Joakim Noah had just 6 points on 8 shots. His fellow All-Star, Luol Deng, scored just 10 on 12.
Sacramento did a particularly good job of taking care of the ball. In the first half, they committed just 1 turnover and finished with just 5 for the entire game. Their previous season-low was 9.
This is Sacramento's largest margin of victory since January 2nd, 1993 when they beat the Philadelphia 76ers by 56. That game came just a few days after setting the franchise record for margin of victory at 58 against Dallas. This is just the fourth time in franchise history that the team has won by 40 or more points.
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