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Kings Come Back from 35 Points Down to Beat Bulls 28

Posted: December 22, 2009, 12:05 AM ; Updated: December 22, 2009, 1:07 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The buzzer sounded, the 35-point comeback was complete and both the ecstatic Sacramento Kings and the stunned Chicago Bulls had trouble describing what had just happened.

''Wow! All I can say is, 'Wow!''' Tyreke Evans said after dominating down the stretch and leading the Kings to a 102-98 victory Monday night. ''We fought to the end. It was amazing.''

Indeed, it was one of the most amazing comebacks in NBA history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the biggest rally since Utah overcame a 36-point deficit to beat Denver on Nov. 27, 1996. The Jazz trailed 70-34 in the second quarter before winning 107-103.

''I mean, what can you say? It's unheard of to do what just happened,'' Kings coach Paul Westphal said. ''I'm not even sure I believe it, but it sure was fun.''

The Bulls were talking about a collapse, not a comeback.

''This one stings,'' Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''We stopped being aggressive, got a little complacent there and they jumped on it. We're not good enough to take a minute off, never mind a half.''

The Bulls led 79-44 with 8:50 left in the third quarter, and were still up 83-50 two minutes later before the Kings stole momentum and, eventually, the game.

After Sacramento finished the third with a 19-5 run to make it 88-69, Ime Udoka scored 15 of the Kings' first 22 points in the fourth quarter to cut it to 95-91 with 2:28 remaining.

Evans, the outstanding rookie guard from Memphis, then personally outscored the Bulls 9-3 the rest of the way.

He converted a three-point play and, after Chicago's Luol Deng made a free throw, scored on a drive and hit a foul shot to give the Kings their first lead since the opening minutes. Evans then hit a 22-footer at the shot-clock buzzer to put Sacramento up 99-96.

Derrick Rose made two free throws to cut it to 99-98 before Evans hit one of two foul shots. After Rose missed a layup, Beno Udrih clinched the win with two more free throws.

''I think we relaxed,'' said Deng, who scored 26 points. ''We were making mistakes defensively. We were just not aggressive and that carries over to offense. It's frustrating.''

As the sellout crowd booed the Bulls off the court, Kings owner Gavin Maloof celebrated.

''If they didn't know who Tyreke Evans was, they know him now,'' he said. ''It was magical.''

Evans followed Rose to Memphis, where each played only one year of college ball before turning pro. Rose was last season's Rookie of the Year and Evans - one of just four NBA players averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists - is a front-runner for the award this season.

''I just kept attacking and never gave up,'' Evans said.

The Bulls were almost perfect in the first quarter, shooting 71 percent, committing no turnovers, holding the Kings to 39 percent shooting and forcing seven giveaways. Chicago built a 67-43 lead by halftime and opened the second half with a 12-1 run that seemingly put the game away.

But as the Bulls gradually came unglued - they were only 2 for 10 from the floor and committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter - Evans, Udoka and the Kings took control.

''This game was absolutely crazy,'' ex-Bull Andres Nocioni said. ''I've played in many games with national teams and many games in the NBA and I've never seen anything like that. I don't know if we won the game or the Chicago Bulls lost the game.''

The despondent Del Negro knew.

''It was a matter of us not being smart at either end,'' he said. ''It's frustrating. It's difficult. But what are you going to do, put your head down and feel sorry for yourself? You've got to go play.''

NOTES: Rose finished with 24 points and seven assists. ... Nocioni received a nice ovation when introduced before the game. Acquired from Chicago last February, he was one of the Bulls' most popular players of the post- Michael Jordan years. ''I'm fine with Sacramento,'' he said, ''but I miss Chicago a lot.'' ... Bulls F Tyrus Thomas , who broke a bone in his left forearm on Nov. 6, returned to practice Sunday. Del Negro hopes Thomas will play Saturday against New Orleans. ... Deng has averaged 23 points while playing the last four games with a small fracture in his left (non-shooting) thumb.

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28 Comments

i liked the story because i got 10 points. hey don't blame me, that huge tv looked so nice; like the one i have here at home....

I think this story is great and not just beacause it gave me 10 points.

Wasn't it awsome how Lebron shot that half court and how the Cavs smoked the celtics at least i think?????????????????????

WOW!!! That's a big accomplishment for a stuggling team!!!!! I can't belive that happend to the bulls!!!!! Obviously 1 game isn't gonna change everything but... good comeback.

-BigTunder26

how do you let that happen

Pathetic

thats really neat way to come back!!

i know wasn't it awsome!!!

Wow Tyreke is awesome he's definitly gonna b the ROY (rookie of the year) is only competitier is jennings

nope that just great

that's just weird

who would let a team trailing by 35 win

and kind of embarrassing

i know it's just awkward

teh bulls stink this year. At least we know who worst team is in the NBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude the bulls are a great team! There are so many teams worse than them.

Your forgeting the Timberwolves, Nets, ect.

The bulls are NOT the worst team in the NBA!!!!

-BIGTHUNDER26

It looks like the kings aren't the worst team after all.

wow is this a shamwow commercial

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the bulls should fire their coach. They stink now because MJ is gone. Go Kings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the bulls should fire their coach. if dey lose that big of a lead to the kings, he sould NOT b there anymore

YOU ALMOST HAVE TO TRY TO BLOW THAT LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No kidding.They must have been practicing losing so bad.

THAT WAS A PREETY BIG LOSE FOR THE BULLS.

What happened to them idk what happened how do u blow a 35 point lead.

the bulls cant blow that lead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yes they can

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow! who blows that lead

they just did

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