The Sacramento Kings lost their first game 93-87 against the Chicago Bulls in the United Center.
They played very good basketball, with the exception of one mental lapse in the third quarter. The Bulls were never able to pull away and the Kings closed within three points several times in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
Tyreke Evans had a very efficient game with 21 points on 8-13 shooting, as well as eight rebounds and three assists. Marcus Thronton added 15 points, while DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points and had seven rebounds.
Joakim Noah had a great night for the Bulls, recording his first double-double this season with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and Richard Hamilton had 19 points shooting just over fifty percent from the field.
The Kings played very good defense, holding the Bulls to 41 percent from the field, but were unable to capitalize, turning the ball over 21 times.
DeMarcus Cousins had 7 of the teams 21 turnovers. While the Kings young big man shot well from the field, he was unable to stay out of foul trouble early in the game, making it hard for him to fully impact the team the way he needs to. Cousins has clearly worked on his game but has to continue to keep his emotions in check.
Kings head coach Keith Smart used 11 players this evening, giving Kings’ fans a glimpse of the team’s versatility. Aaron Brooks almost left the game the game in the third quarter when he collided with Kirk Hinrich while fighting for a lose ball. It appears to have been a fake tooth, and Brooks never left the game, after almost walking off the floor immediately after the incident.
Kings top draft choice Thomas Robinson was still getting settled this evening, but showed his tremendous potential at moments throughout the game. When the young rookie learns to slow down and let the game come to him, he will be an amazing NBA talent.