NBA Gameday: Kings look to back up big win vs Bulls

NBA Gameday: Kings look to back up big win vs Bulls

The Sacramento Kings are coming off a shocking win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and looking to take another step forward with a matchup against the Chicago Bulls. 

DeMarcus Cousins barely missed his second straight triple-double Saturday against the Warriors, finishing the night with 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. The last time these two teams faced off, Cousins dropped in 42 points and 14 rebounds, but he was called for a costly phantom foul late in the game that the NBA later acknowledged was a mistake via the two-minute report. 

Chicago is coming off a tough overtime road loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams returned to action to score 23 points, grab nine rebounds and hand out six assists after missing four of the previous five games with a back injury.


Kings by 2


Kings: 20-31, third place in Pacific
Bulls: 25-26, third place in Central


Sacramento Kings vs. Sacramento Kings -- The Kings are all over the board the last two weeks. How do you judge a team that can lose to the last place Phoenix Suns on one night and beat the league’s best team in the Golden State Warriors the next night. In most of their losses, the Kings are their own worst enemy. If they can figure out how to get out of their own way in the final 4 minutes of games, they have a chance to finish the season strong. 


Kings: G/F Garrett Temple (torn left hamstring) out until after All-Star break, F Omri Casspi (right calf strain) out until after All-Star break, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.
Bulls: SG Jimmy Butler (heel) took part in walkthrough, but is a gametime decision, PG Michael Carter-Williams (back) probable, C Cristiano Felicio (lower leg strain) out.


The Bulls swept the season-series 2-0 last year and hold a 1-0 advantage this season after beating the Kings in Chicago on Jan 21. Chicago holds an 81-75 advantage over the Kings all-time and a 34-28 lead during the Sacramento-era.


“Based on his size and what he can do, you can argue he’s one of the top players in the league at any position. He’s just so versatile. Small guy guards him, they put him in the post. Big guy guards him they take him outside. He did all of that against us with 42 points.” -Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg on DeMarcus Cousins

Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on MyTeams

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Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on MyTeams

The Kings used a 43-point third quarter to down the Bulls 129-102 on Sunday and snap a three-game losing streak.

On Tuesday, Sacramento will turn its attention to another Eastern Conference foe when the Kings face the Brooklyn Nets at the Golden 1 Center.

The Nets, who currently sit in seventh place in the East, have lost three games in a row and are looking to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot.

Marvin Bagley notched 21 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes during the Kings' win over the Bulls, while Harry Giles added 16 and six boards.

Sacramento currently sits six games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. T'Wolves on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. PT (pregame at 6:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Doug Christie tells funny story of LeBron James' famous dunk vs. Kings

Doug Christie tells funny story of LeBron James' famous dunk vs. Kings

He might be a kid from Akron, but LeBron James' first signature NBA moment came 16 years ago in Sacramento.

James' debut as an 18-year-old rookie came against the Kings at Arco Arena. With just over three minutes left in the first quarter and the Kings leading 31-21, Peja Stojakovic looked to Doug Christie with a pass, but LeBron was on the prowl for the steal. 

The rest is history.

As James rose up for the dunk, Christie was in the back trailing the teenager. And it turns out the play will be history for a long time for other reasons, too. 

"The other day, we went to the National Museum of African-American History," Christie said to Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin' podcast. "And I'm in there ... trailin' LeBron!" 

In the sports section at the end of the museum -- to Christie's surprise -- the clip plays. Not a picture, but a video of the dunk, which still makes the former Kings forward ask Stojakovic what he was thinking with the pass. 

"I always ask him, I'm like, 'Dude he's 18, what are you thinking? You know he's gonna shoot the gap,' " Christie said. "... And the rest is history."

Like LeBron, Fox still can recall his first taste of the NBA, too. 

"For me, it was more memorable because we were playing the Rockets," Fox said. "And I grew up in Houston. I think that's why I'll always remember that game." 

[RELATED: Fox believes Kings 'growing,' details franchise's next step]

Though it wasn't quite James' 25 points and nine rebounds against the Kings, Fox still scored 14 points and dished five assists in his first NBA game at just 19 years old. 

Listen to Fox and Christie on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.