Bulls Beat Kings in Season Opener

The Chicago Bulls pulled out a 93-87 win against the Sacramento Kings in the season opener Wednesday night at the United Center.

The game was closer than anybody would have liked, but the Bulls overpowered a young and physical Kings team. Everytime the Bulls seemed to pull away for good, the Kings always found themselves within reach. Chicago found themselves clinging to a 3 point lead with just 35 seconds left in the 4th quarter, but managed to hold on for the victory.

Joakim Noah led the Bulls attack with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals. Noah starred in his matchup with DeMarcus Cousins, who is an elite rebounder himself. Carlos Boozer (18 points, 8 rebounds), Richard Hamilton (19 points) and Luol Deng (7 points, 12 rebounds) all played very well to help Chicago start their Rose-less season 1-0.

The Bulls need to work on their 3P field goals, as they shot just 22% from the long range on 2-9 shooting. Last years team averaged 17 attempts per game. Chicago looks to build on the win this Friday as they travel to Cleveland. Bulls versus Cavs tips at 6:30 Chicago time.

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STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Carlos Boozer, PF 33 8-13 0-0 2-5 1 7 8 2 1 1 3 3 18
Luol Deng, SF 42 3-13 0-4 1-3 5 7 12 2 0 1 4 3 7
Joakim Noah, C 40 6-12 0-0 11-12 5 5 10 3 5 3 2 2 23
Kirk Hinrich, SG 29 1-7 0-1 1-3 1 2 3 7 0 0 2 2 3
Richard Hamilton, SG 31 7-16 0-1 5-5 0 1 1 3 2 0 3 1 19
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Taj Gibson, PF 19 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 4 0 1 4
Jimmy Butler, SF 11 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4
Nazr Mohammed, C 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 2
Nate Robinson, PG 20 3-8 1-2 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 0 3 2 7
Marco Belinelli, SG 12 1-2 1-1 3-3 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 6
Vladimir Radmanovic, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Marquis Teague, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
33-79 2-9 25-33 14 32 46 21 8 10 18 19 93
41.8% 22.2% 75.8%

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