Sacramento manhandles the Bulls in DeMarcus Cousins' return

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins' return from injury could not have gone any better as he went off for 25 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists while the Kings as a whole held the Bulls to a Sac-era low 28.2% from the field.


Final - 2.3.2014 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago Bulls 12 21 24 13 70
Sacramento Kings 24 20 27 28 99

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What a way to end a seven game losing streak.

DeMarcus Cousins came back for his first game from injury and was absolutely phenomenal, scoring 25 points to go with 16 points and 4 assists.  He, along with his entire team, played some amazing defense throughout the game, holding Chicago to an opponent-low 70 points, and just 28.2% from the field, the lowest opponent FG% mark in the Sacramento-era.  The Kings have only held teams to below 30% three times ever.

The Bulls Joakim Noah was ejected in the third quarter and then went off on the refs afterwards.  Here's his ejection set to the famous speech from Half Baked (H/T to @TCBullfrog on Twitter. This video is NSFW)

Jimmy Butler led the way for Chicago with 17 points, the only Bulls starter in double figures.  No player on the Bulls shot 50% from the field or made more than 4 field goals.

Isaiah Thomas played just 30 minutes but scored 19 points on 7-9 shooting, notably taking no threes.  The other part of Sacramento's scoring trio, Rudy Gay, scored 14 points in 25 minutes.  Jimmer Fredette came off the bench in the 4th quarter and had himself a really nice stint, scoring 11 points (5-5 from the field) to go with 4 assists and 2 steals.

This was an absolutely fantastic effort from the Kings across the board.  They will next play the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at home.

For the opponent's perspective, visit Blog a Bull

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