Derrick Rose had a front-row seat to a massacre Monday night. Things got so out of hand many Sacramento Kings fans took off to hit the exits in the third quarter. It sounded a lot like Super Bowl Sunday, but the fans weren’t leaving because their home team was down big — not at all.
The Kings shook off a horrible first half of shooting to dominate the second half en route to a blowout victory over the Bulls 99-70. DeMarcus Cousins returned from a sprained ankle and had 25 points on 19 shots while adding 16 rebounds and four steals. The numbers are huge for a team that struggled to win without him.
The Kings lost their previous two games by two points or less so I guess they were overdue for a blowout win. After finding ways to lose all season, the Kings managed to double down on the things that worked Monday night. The ball moved around the court freely — evidenced by the 18 assists on 36 shots — and everyone was involved on the offensive end.
Jimmer Fredette played great minutes as he had 11 points in just 10 minutes of action. Rudy Gay added 14 points and six rebounds while Isaiah Thomas added 19 points. This is an exciting team when everybody is clicking. There’s no reason a team this talented on offense should be this far under .500 — even in the Western Conference.
The win moves the Kings to 16-32 on the season, but they’re showing signs of improvement on both ends of the court. More telling is the Kings’ resolution to win more games at home. Sacramento started out winning just three of eleven at Sleep Train but are now 10-16. One area the Kings could also look to improve is their record against teams in their own division.
Sacramento is 2-8 against teams in the Pacific and a dismal 6-16 on the road. An uptick in either of those numbers could salvage what has been an impressive rebuild for a team looking to build upon its ‘Kings 3.0’ era. As winners of just two of their last ten games the Kings have plenty of work to do, but they laid down a solid foundation Monday night.