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Bulls

Bulls build big lead early, can't stop Kings rally in loss

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis, left, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis, left, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat the Bulls, 104-98, on Monday night.

The Kings scored only nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and were down by seven with 10 minutes left before rallying to complete a season sweep of the Bulls.

After Zach LaVine's follow shot tied it at 93 with less than four minutes left, Sacramento's Buddy Hield and the Bulls' Bobby Portis exchanged 3-pointers. Bogdanovic then hit the go-ahead bucket for the Kings on an uncontested shot beyond the arc.

Willie Cauley-Stein added an emphatic dunk but was called for goaltending on a shot by LaVine that cut the Kings' lead to 101-98. George Hill added three free throws over the final 11.4 seconds.

Bogdanovic had 15 points, Hill scored 14 and Garrett Temple added 12 for Sacramento.

LaVine scored 27 points and Justin Holiday had 20 for the Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half. They have dropped seven straight.

The Bulls were already playing without Lauri Markkanen, who missed his third straight game due to the birth of his child, and Kris Dunn. Markkanen was scheduled to join the Bulls in Sacramento but his flight was canceled due to weather in Chicago.

Lopez had to be held back by teammates after being called for a second technical with 4:21 left in the second quarter. The 7-footer then reluctantly left the court and grabbed a chair in the tunnel leading to the Bulls locker room and tossed it.

The Bulls led, 28-9, after the first quarter while limiting the Kings to a season low for scoring in any period this season. The Kings were booed off the court after making only four shots.

Sacramento turned things around after that, scoring 32 in the second, 36 in the third and 27 in the fourth.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Holiday had 11 points with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. ... Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn is feeling better and is making progress from the concussion he suffered against Golden State on Jan. 17.

Kings: Rookie De'Aaron Fox limped off the court after scoring as part of Sacramento's 19-6 run in the third. ... Frank Mason continues to make progress from the partial tear in his right plantar fascia, but the team said it plans to keep him out until after the All-Star break to continue the healing process. ... The Kings announced that Hield was added to the Skills Challenge during the All-Star festivities. ... Malachi Richardson missed his second game with a sprained left ankle.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Return to the United Center to host Minnesota on Friday.

Kings: Host Portland on Friday night.

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