NBA News: DeMarcus Cousins Returns With 30 Points, Chicago Bulls Still Edge Past Kings

NBA News: DeMarcus Cousins Returns With 30 Points, Chicago Bulls Still Edge Past Kings
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The Chicago Bulls edged past the Sacramento Kings late Wednesday night. The Bulls, without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, managed to escape 107-102 in Calif.


The Bulls were on fire from the 3-point range in the first quarter. They netted 6-for-8 from the 3-point range to lead 34-25 at the end of that phase. E’Twaun Moore notched up 13 points in his first 5 attempts.

Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol combined with top-scorer Moore to keep Chicago Bulls ahead throughout the game. Moore finished with a career-high 24 points, Rose added 21 points and 9 assists to the tally, and Spaniard Gasol scored 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Kings rallied late, led by DeMarcus Cousins, but couldn’t pull it off, according to the Daily Herald.

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Before Wednesday’s game in Sacramento, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg clarified that he expects Butler to play on Friday during their next game against the Denver Nuggets. Butler is nursing a sore left knee, as reported by the Washington Post.

“You’re replacing an all-star, so one guy isn’t going to replace what Jimmy gives us out there,” Hoiberg told reporters before the game. “We’ll hopefully get out there and get the ball moving, get out and play with some pace. You’re obviously not going to replace Jimmy with everything he does for you on the floor defensively. He’s a guy we go to a lot late in the game. Guys have got to step up and hopefully play well.”

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 30 points and 11 rebounds on his return to the Sacramento line-up. Cousins did everything but missed two baskets and free throws in the final 40 seconds as the Kings failed to restore parity despite rallying back in the game.