Sacramento 87, Chicago 93

Date - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Officials - #45 Brian Forte, #36 David Jones, #12 Violet Palmer
Attendance - 21313

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Sacramento 23 17 23 24 87
Chicago 25 19 25 24 93

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Sacramento 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
Chicago 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1


Bulls 93, Kings 87 Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as host Chicago held off Sacramento in the season opener for both teams.

Richard Hamilton added 19 points while Carlos Boozer contributed 18 points and eight rebounds as the Bulls won their fifth straight over the Kings despite shooting 41.8 percent and committing 18 turnovers.

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 21 points and also pulled down eight rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins played through foul trouble and contributed 14 points. Marcus Thornton kept the Kings close by scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half

Chicago scored 10 straight points midway through the third and appeared to have command as it took a 56-42 lead. The Bulls missed nine of 10 shots as Sacramento cut the lead to six going into the fourth.

The Bulls struggled to finish off Sacramento and saw their lead cut to 79-76 with just under six minutes remaining after Evans made two foul shots. Boozer hit a jumper and Luol Deng had a key dunk that stretched the edge to 83-76 with four minutes remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Noah appeared to be having issues with his hip when his feet slipped from under him in the third quarter but remained in the game. ... Kirk Hinrich started at the point for injured Derrick Rose (knee) and handed out seven assists. ... Sacramento's Aaron Brooks appeared to lose a tooth when he collided with Hinrich late in the fourth diving for a loose ball.

Top Game Performances

Sacramento   Chicago
Tyreke Evans 21 Scoring Joakim Noah 23
Tyreke Evans 3 Assists Kirk Hinrich 7
Tyreke Evans 8 Rebounds Luol Deng 12
Tyreke Evans 4 Free Throws Made Joakim Noah 11
DeMarcus Cousins 3 Steals Joakim Noah 5
DeMarcus Cousins 2 Blocks Taj Gibson 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Sacramento 87 40.5 6-17 13-16 14 40 5 10 21
Chicago 93 41.8 2-9 25-33 21 46 10 8 18

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Bulls have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Sacramento will play their next game on the road against Minnesota . The Kings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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