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Kings Beat Bulls 108-89

CHICAGO (AP) De’Aaron Fox put together another impressive offensive display on Monday night. And all he wanted to talk about was defense.
Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, helping the Sacramento Kings rally for a 108-89 victory over the lowly Chicago Bulls. The speedy Fox went 8 for 11 from the field after missing each of his first five shots in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III added 16 points apiece as Sacramento closed out a 3-1 road trip. Fox said two steals he made in the third quarter were a big part of Sacramento’s turnaround. “That’s what started me,” the second-year guard said. “After those two steals, the whole momentum of the game just changed. After that, we never looked back.”
Kings coach Dave Joerger agreed. “What he did from the first half to the second half was awesome,” Joerger said. “He really was a leader out there not just scoring the basketball, but he picked up his defensive pressure.” Chicago led by as many as 14 in its ninth loss in 10 games. The Bulls were coming off a franchise-record 133-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 19 points, and Lauri Markkanen had 13. “We got stung in the third quarter,” coach Jim Boylen said. “I thought their energy went up and our energy went down as the game went on. That’s something we talked in there as a team, and that’s something we need to fix.” After falling behind 17-0 on Saturday, the Bulls got off to a better start in this one. They led 33-26 at the end of the first quarter and 56-45 at halftime.
Chicago had a 66-57 lead in the third before Sacramento closed the quarter with a 24-8 run. Fox started the key stretch with a pair of free throws and then registered steals on back-to-back possessions. He converted a dunk off the first steal and Iman Shumpert hit a 3-pointer following the second. The Bulls shot 22 for 41 (53.7 percent) from the field in the first half, but were just 6 for 16 (37.5 percent) in the third. Sacramento kept up the intensity in the fourth and Chicago never made a serious push. Less than a week into his tenure, Boylen faced a crisis over the weekend. Following the loss to the Celtics, Boylen planned to practice on Sunday even though the Bulls had played back-to-back games. Some players reportedly discussed not showing up. Instead of a practice session, a lengthy team meeting was held. Before Monday’s game, Boylen said everything was fine and he would continue to push hard. “I expected something like yesterday to happen,” he said. “I’ve been waiting on it, I was prepared for it, I took it head on.” Said LaVine: “I think everything made us closer. Good, bad or ugly, I think that ordeal was good for the team.”

Kings Go 3-1 On This Road Trip, Beat Bulls 108-89

CHICAGO (AP) – De’Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, and the Sacramento Kings rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-89 on Monday night. Fox went 8 for 11 from the field after missing each of his first five shots in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III added 16 points apiece as Sacramento closed out a 3-1 road trip. Chicago led by as many as 14 in its ninth loss in 10 games. The Bulls were coming off a franchise-record 133-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 19 points, and Lauri Markkanen had 13. After falling behind 17-0 on Saturday, the Bulls got off to a better start in this one. They led 33-26 at the end of the first quarter and 56-45 at halftime. Chicago had a 66-57 lead in the third before Sacramento closed the quarter with a 24-8 run. The speedy Fox sparked the offense with 15 points during the key stretch, but the Kings also picked up the pressure on defense. The Bulls shot 22 for 41 (53.7 percent) from the field in the first half, but were just 6 for 16 (37.5 percent) in the third. Sacramento kept up the intensity in the fourth and Chicago never made a serious push. TIP-INS Kings: Buddy Hield and Iman Shumpert each scored 14 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 16 rebounds. … Sacramento improved to 14-12. It’s the latest point in a season it has been above .500 since the 2005-06 season. The Kings finished 44-38 that year in their most recent playoff appearance. Bulls: G Kris Dunn (sprained left knee) and F Bobby Portis (sprained right knee) returned to the lineup after sitting out nearly seven weeks. Dunn finished with nine points in 20 minutes, and Portis had nine points in 19 minutes. … G Justin Holiday went 1 for 6 on 3-pointers. He has made at least one 3 in 39 consecutive games dating to last season. He’s the only NBA player with at least one 3 in every game this season. TIPPING POINT Less than a week into his tenure, Bulls coach Jim Boylen faced a crisis over the weekend. Following the loss to the Celtics, Boylen planned to practice on Sunday even though the Bulls had played back-to-back games. Some players reportedly discussed not showing up. Instead of a practice session, a lengthy team meeting was held. Before Monday’s game, Boylen said everything was fine and he would continue to push hard. “I expected something like yesterday to happen,” he said. “I’ve been waiting on it, I was prepared for it, I took it head on.” UP NEXT Kings: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Bulls: Play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Thursday night to begin a three-game trip.
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Celtics Race Past Bulls 133-77

CHICAGO (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 133-77 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win. The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in franchise history, surpassing a 51-point win (153-102) over the Philadelphia Warriors on March 7, 1962.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 08: Chandler Hutchison #15 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics at United Center on December 08, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jayson Tatum had 18 points and Terry Rozier added 15 as the Celtics used a 17-0 start and a balanced attack to roll their second straight lopsided win after beating New York 128-100 on Thursday. The Celtics (15-10) have outscored opponents an average of 126.2 to 97.6 during their five-game run. The 56-point loss was the worst in Bulls’ history, eclipsing a 53-point (127-74) defeat at Minnesota on Nov. 8, 2001. Shaquille Harrison came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points for the Chicago, which has lost eight of nine. Zach LaVine had 11 for the Bulls (6-21), whose previous worst loss this season was by 39 points (122-83) to Toronto on Nov. 17. The Celtics took charge early, racing ahead 17-0 as they shot 8 for 11 from the floor at the start. Boston led 35-17 after one quarter as it shot 60.9 percent, and led 64-43 at the half thanks to 52.4-percent shooting.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 08: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get past Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics at United Center on December 08, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

For the game, the Celtics outshot Chicago 53.8 percent to 38.3 percent. The scoring in Boston’ first-half outburst was evenly distributed. Morris led with 12 points, while Tatum, Theis and Terry Rozier each had 10. The Celtics’ biggest lead in the first half was 22 points and Chicago never got closer than 13. Chicago missed its first 12 field goal attempts, prompting coach Jim Boylen to pull all five starters 4:45 in. The Bulls didn’t score until Jabari Parker hit a pair of free throws 6:18 in — raising a derisive cheer from the United Center crowd. Chicago didn’t get its first basket until Robin Lopez sank a turnaround hook 36 seconds later. The Celtics kept the pressure on, outscoring Chicago 69-34 in the second half. The Bulls fell flat after beating Oklahoma City 114-112 on Friday night on Lauri Markkanen’s layup in the closing seconds, giving Boylen his first win as an NBA head coach. A longtime NBA assistant, Boylen took over Monday when Fred Hoiberg was fired following a 5-19 start. The Bulls lost at Indiana the following night in Boylen’s debut.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 08: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot against the Boston Celtics at United Center on December 08, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

TIP-INS Celtics: Forward/center Al Horford missed the game with a sore left knee after recording 19 points and 12 rebounds against New York on Thursday. . Forward/center Aron Baynes (sprained left ankle) also sat out. He limped off the court late in the last two minutes of the first quarter on Thursday versus the Knicks. . Forward Guerschon Yabusele had to be helped off the court midway through the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly. Bulls: Coach Jim Boylen still isn’t sure when guard Kris Dunn (sprained left MCL) and forward Bobby Portis (sprained right MCL) will return. “Long-term health is what we’re about,” Boylen said. “We expect them back soon, any day, but not today. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow.” . A longtime NBA assistant, Boylen said he’s very close to Hoiberg and said feelings are still “really raw” following the firing of his former boss. Boylen shook off questions about whether Hoiberg “lost the locker room.” ”I approach the locker room different than Fred,” Boylen said. “It doesn’t mean better, worse or whatever. We’re different people.” GOT MILK? Boylen said he celebrated his first victory as an NBA head coach on Friday night at home with his family. “We had a bowl of cereal with my kids and watched the ‘Family Feud,'” he said. UP NEXT Celtics: Host New Orleans on Monday. Bulls: Host Sacramento on Monday. © 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Warriors Splash 3s to Beat Bucks on Road

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up a five-game trip with their third straight win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 105-95 on Friday night. Andre Iguodala added a season-high 15 points for Golden State, which pulled away in the second half with another hot stretch from the 3-point line. The Warriors went 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in a six-minute stretch that started with Curry’s 3 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter to build an 11-point lead. Curry and Thompson were each 4 of 9 from 3-point range. The Warriors shot 41 percent (19 of 46) from long distance, putting on a clinic in crunch time against the Bucks, the league’s highest-scoring team. Milwaukee couldn’t keep up with Golden State’s barrage, shooting just 7 of 39 (18 percent) from 3-point territory — too many misses in spite of scoring 26 points off 18 Golden State turnovers. A game of fits and starts typically had the Warriors building a three-possession lead, only for the Bucks to answer and get within a bucket. Golden State would jump ahead again as the teams traded runs. The Warriors went ahead to stay after Curry’s 3 answered Ersan Ilyasova’s bucket that briefly gave the Bucks a 74-72 lead to cap 12-2 run. Golden State cut down on turnovers in the second half while forcing more Milwaukee mistakes. Thompson sidestepped two defenders to get an open look, hit a 3 from the wing to make it 89-78 with 10:18 left in the game and then coolly walked toward the baseline to play defense. Golden State avenged a 134-111 loss to Milwaukee in Oakland on Nov. 8. The Warriors led 57-51 at the half, hitting 9 of 20 from 3-point range and getting 18 assists on 22 field goals. TIP-INS Warriors: F Draymond Green missed his 11th straight game with a sprained right toe. Coach Steve Kerr said the All Star’s progress has been “fantastic” on the latter part of the team’s five-game trip. “We scrimmaged some yesterday and he’s really coming along well. If not tonight, I would fully expect him to play Monday” against Minnesota, Kerr said. … Jonas Jerebko added 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3. Bucks: Middleton had a rough start in back in the lineup after missing the win over Detroit on Wednesday for personal reasons. He went scoreless in the first half and missed four shots, going to the bench after picking up his third foul with 6:11 left in the second quarter, but finished with 10 points. … Antetokounmpo had a game-high 14 in the first half, including a one-handed slam to put back a Bledsoe miss with 9:08 left in the second. UP NEXT Warriors: Return home to face the Timberwolves on Monday. © Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Bulls Beat Thunder, 114-112

CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-112 victory over Oklahoma City on Friday and their first win under coach Jim Boylen. The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook had just hit a tying layup when Markkanen beat Paul George and banked in a layup over the outstretch arm of Steven Adams, making it 114-112 with 4.9 seconds left. George’s 3-pointer from the top of the key then ricocheted off the rim, and the Bulls came away with the win after dropping seven in a row. They also gave Boylen something to celebrate in a difficult week. The longtime NBA assistant took over Monday when Fred Hoiberg got fired following a 5-19 start, and the Bulls lost the following night at Indiana in his debut. Markkanen hit four 3-pointers in his third game back after missing the first 23 because of a sprained left elbow. Zach LaVine scored 25. Justin Holiday scored 20, going 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, and Jabari Parker finished with 16 points. Westbrook had 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in his 109th triple-double, though he also turned the ball over 10 times. Adams finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. George and Dennis Schroder each scored 19, but the Thunder’s four-game win streak came to an end. The Thunder outscored Chicago 29-17 in the third quarter to turn a 70-62 halftime deficit into a 91-87 lead going into the fourth quarter. They were up 98-91 when Chicago went on a 14-2 run, with LaVine hitting a tiebreaking 3 and Markkanen adding two free throws to make it a five-point game with 4:46 remaining. TIP-INS Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan said “nothing was brought to my attention” about possibly adding C Joakim Noah, trying to revive his career after signing with Memphis this week. “Our roster’s pretty complete so that’s probably the biggest thing,” he said. “No one’s a bigger fan and admires him more than I do.” Noah starred for Donovan on back-to-back NCAA championship teams at Florida and spent his first nine NBA seasons in Chicago before spending two with the New York Knicks. Bulls: Boylen wasn’t sure if G Kris Dunn (sprained left MCL) and F Bobby Portis (sprained right MCL) will return from their injuries Saturday when the Bulls host Boston. “I’m not trying to be vague; I don’t know yet. We kind of wait to see how they respond in the morning, it’s one of those types of things. We check in and we go from there.” Dunn has appeared in just one game — Oct. 22 at Dallas — while Portis has played in four.           (© 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited). 

Adam Silver Says NBA Is Ready To Change ‘One And Done’ Rule

Ryan Mayer

The NBA’s so called “one and done” rule that requires players to be one year removed from high school to be eligible to enter the NBA Draft looks to be on its way out. In a press conference in Las Vegas, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that the league is ready to change the rule.

The conversation about changing the rule has intensified in the last year in the wake of the college basketball scandal involving FBI indictments of several assistant coaches and shoe company executives. The rule has been in place since 2006 following several drafts where many of the high school players selected struggled in the league. However, it has become apparent in recent years that many top recruits have no intention of staying in college for more than the required year.

NBA Players Association president Michelle Roberts seems to be on the same page as the commissioner as she told reporters yesterday that an announcement about the rule could be coming soon.

The speculation has been that high school players will be allowed to enter the draft again beginning in 2021. This year, nine of the first 11 players selected in the first round of the draft were in college for only one year.

Adam Silver Says NBA Is Ready To Change “One And Done” Rule

Ryan Mayer

The NBA’s so called “one and done” rule that requires players to be one year removed from high school to be eligible to enter the NBA Draft looks to be on its way out. In a press conference in Las Vegas, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that the league is ready to change the rule.

The conversation about changing the rule has intensified in the last year in the wake of the college basketball scandal involving FBI indictments of several assistant coaches and shoe company executives. The rule has been in place since 2006 following several drafts where many of the high school players selected struggled in the league. However, it has become apparent in recent years that many top recruits have no intention of staying in college for more than the required year.

NBA Players Association president Michelle Roberts seems to be on the same page as the commissioner as she told reporters yesterday that an announcement about the rule could be coming soon.

The speculation has been that high school players will be allowed to enter the draft again beginning in 2021. This year, nine of the first 11 players selected in the first round of the draft were in college for only one year.

Marvin Bagley III Injured In Las Vegas And Will Get MRI Monday, Kings Say

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Marvin Bagley III injured himself in Las Vegas, and the Kings said he will be off the court for at least the next few Summer League games.

The Kings said that Bagley experienced a “tweak in his right hip flexor/groin area” during Saturday’s game against Phoenix in Las Vegas.

Bagley will reportedly undergo an MRI Monday, and more information on his injury will be available at that time.

He will not be playing in the game Sunday against the Clippers, and the Kings were doubtful that he will play Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

Zaza Pachulia Leaves Golden State, Heads to Detroit

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Detroit Pistons have made a move to improve their frontcourt depth. According to several reports, the team has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia spent the last two seasons with the Warriors and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged just 14.1 minutes, which was his lowest mark in nearly 10 years.

He added 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 69 games in a reserve capacity.

With the Warriors looking to get younger in the frontcourt, Pachulia wasn’t re-signed.

With the Pistons, Pachulia likely won’t see a significant increase in his role, as he’s set to backup Andre Drummond at center. As a result, Pachulia likely won’t be a viable candidate for the bulk of fantasy leagues.

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Former Coach Of Tyler Honeycutt Grew Concerned Before The NBA Player Was Found Dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former coach and family friend of onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt says he had grown increasingly concerned about the young man before he was found dead following a standoff with Los Angeles police.

Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt in high school, told the Los Angeles Times that Honeycutt’s mother called him early Saturday to say her son had killed himself.

Escoto told the Los Angeles Daily News that Honeycutt had “been going through some things.”

The day of his death, Escoto said he was planning on going to Honeycutt’s home after the 27-year-old called him.

“I planned on going to his house to talk, but his mom called me 45 minutes later saying, ‘He had a gun and was talking crazy,'” Escoto said. “I told her to call 911.”

Los Angeles police said they responded to a call reporting a man with a gun. They were talking with Honeycutt when they say he fired his weapon. Officers returned fire and a standoff ensued.

When police went into the home hours later, they found Honeycutt dead. The department said on Twitter that his injuries were consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Escoto, who remained close with Honeycutt through college and his pro career, said the young man had been calling him recently “and thanking me for all I’ve done for him.”

“He has been acting very unusual lately, and our conversations would leave me concerned for him,” he said.

Escoto told the Times that he never imagined Honeycutt would take his own life but knew the young man was having a hard time adjusting to life in Russia, where he was playing basketball in the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.

“It’s hard for an L.A. kid to go to Russia, not know the language or surroundings,” he said. “I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people.”

He said Honeycutt was supposed to sign a new contract with either Russia or Israel the day he died.