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Kings erase 21-point deficit to defeat Bulls

Jason Jones, The Sacramento Bee on

Published in Basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings overcame their worst scoring quarter of the season and being booed to rally from 21 points down and defeat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Monday night at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings trailed 28-9 at the end of the first quarter and left the court to boos -- understandable, considering the Bulls started the game without two starters (Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen). Starting center Robin Lopez was ejected in the second quarter.

The Kings bounced back, outscoring the Bulls in every quarter the rest of the way to snap a two-game skid.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings (17-36) with 15 points. George Hill had 14 points and five assists, and Garrett Temple scored 12 points.

The Kings lost De'Aaron Fox in the third quarter to a sprained left ankle. X-rays were negative.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls (18-35) with 27 points. Bobby Portis had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

THE VETERAN SUPPORT SYSTEM

As the Kings rallied, it was Temple and Hill that helped bring them back.

Some would like to see the veterans play as little as possible. But they are still needed, as Monday showed.

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