NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Sacramento
(Saturday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Sacramento 105, Chicago 101
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Ron Artest scored 28 points, including a key dunk in the waning seconds, to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Chicago Bulls, 105-101, at ARCO Arena.
Kevin Martin poured in 26 points, including an 8-for-8 performance from the foul line, for the Kings, who have won four games in a row. Brad Miller accounted for 22 points and 20 boards.
In the win, Mike Bibby managed just four points on 1-of-9 shooting and seven assists in 30 minutes.
Ben Gordon scored a game-high 33 points for the Bulls, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five contests. Kirk Hinrich gave 18 points, while Joakim Noah had 10, but the Bulls lost to the Kings for the 16th time in the last 18 meetings.
The Kings rattled off seven straight points to take the lead back at 99-95, with 1:38 left.
After Gordon bricked a shot on the Bulls' next possession, Martin grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. A 2-for-2 showing at the line increased Sacramento's lead to six points.
On Chicago's ensuing possession, Noah was then fouled by Miller and nailed both shots from the stripe, which made it a four-point game. Two more foul shots from Gordon made it a one-possession game, 101-99, with just under 50 seconds.
Artest answered back with a monstrous reverse dunk in Noah's face to increase Sacramento's cushion back to four points with 37.2 ticks left.
As Chicago brought the ball down-court, Miller grabbed the rebound off a botched Nocioni trey and passed the ball to Bibby, who was instantly fouled. He drained both shots, which put the game out of hand, 105-99.
Chicago's Ben Wallace had nine points to match his nine rebounds.
Gordon's reverse layup with three seconds left gave the Bulls a 33-31 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Down by four with just over three minutes before the break, Artest connected on a layup that sparked an 11-0 run. The surge gave the Kings a 61-54 advantage, Sacramento eventually took a 63-60 lead into the intermission.
Four straight Hinrich points followed by a Thabo Sefolosha jumper brought the Bulls within a point, 67-66, with just over nine minutes to play in the third.
The Kings increased that lead to seven points moments later on four straight Martin points, but the Bulls responded with a 7-2 run that cut their deficit to 77-75 with 1:13 showing on the clock.
Chicago made it close and pulled within 78-77 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
An 8-2 run to start the fourth stanza gave Sacramento an 86-80 advantage as Miller drained 2-of-2 from the foul line with 9:07 left in the contest.
Moments later, Gordon hit two consecutive baskets, totaling five points, to cap a 12-3 Bulls run. The surge gave Chicago a 92-89 lead with just over six minutes left to play.
However, on the ensuing Kings possession, Artest tied the game with a trey from the top of the key.
Chicago answered back on its following possession with Gordon picking up where he left off and sinking another three to make it 95-92 with 4:57 remaining.
Sacramento shot a scorching 87.5 percent from the foul line, whereas Chicago hit 79.4 percent...The Bulls had a better percentage from the floor than the Kings did 45.9 - 38.1 percent.
02/03 01:15:15 ET