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Kings Improve to 7-5 After Defeating The Bulls, 103-88

By: Morgan Ragan

The Sacramento Kings defeated the Chicago Bulls Thursday night 103-88. Not only was the game nationally televised on TNT, it was also Kings Legends night.

Former Kings players Mike Bibby and Chris Webber were honored during the game.

Chicago was coming off a 105-89 win over the Clippers on Monday night while the Kings had just fallen to the Pelicans Tuesday, 106-100.

"We just had to get back to playing Kings basketball which is defending, sharing the ball, valuing the ball and we did a great job of that tonight," head coach Michael Malone said following the win.

DeMarcus Cousins finished with authority adding 22 points and 14 boards for Sacramento. He got his ninth double-double of the season and his fifth straight.

Derrick Williams played 22 minutes adding 10 of the Kings 30 points off the bench. Although his minutes have been limited, he was a momentum changer early in the first half.

Williams had only played a total of six minutes in the previous six games.

Malone had nothing but praise for Williams after the win.

"I want to give him some love because he's a young man who has not played a lot this year but he stayed ready, and he's been working very hard which allowed him to take advantage of the opportunity tonight."

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Bulls had not allowed an opponent to score over 100 points in four straight games. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 23 points and eight assists for the Bulls.

Derrick Rose (left hamstring) and Pau Gasol (left calf strain) missed the game. This was the seventh game Rose has missed this season.

The Kings are 7-5 to start the season for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

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