SACRAMENTO -- Just what the doctor ordered.
After a tough East Coast road trip, the Sacramento Kings returned home to Golden 1 Center looking to get back on track against a struggling Chicago Bulls team.
The Bulls played tough through the first quarter, but the Kings outscored their guests 32-17 in quarter No. 2 for a considerable halftime lead. The second half was more of the same, with Sacramento blowing out Chicago by a final of 129-102.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back toward the .500 mark at 34-35 on the season. This is the most wins for the Kings franchise since the 2007-08 season.
Bagley wants more
Still battling a minutes restriction, rookie Marvin Bagley is making the most of his opportunities. The rookie power forward looks 100 percent healthy and ready to dominate down the stretch.
Against the Bulls, the 6-foot-11 leaper dropped in 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds and a block in just 21 minutes of play.
Sacramento is taking the cautious approach to his recovery, which is the right move. He has star potential and should be a fixture in the Kings’ lineup for the next decade.
Bagley isn’t the only rookie big the Kings are throwing at teams. Harry Giles is earning more minutes every time he steps on the floor.
The 20-year-old center went to work in the second quarter, blocking shots and running the floor for putbacks. He even finished the half with a technical foul for jawing with Robin Lopez.
Giles’ confidence is at an all-time high on the court. He finished the evening with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks off the bench.
Fox and Hield
De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield make the Kings’ machines go. The duo played limited minutes due to the score, but they were dominant when they were on the floor.
Fox torched the Bulls for 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes. Hield added 16 points, four assists and three steals in 24 minutes.
These two set the table, and the rest of the team followed suit. A blowout victory is exactly what this team needed to open their four-game homestand.