Bulls use strong second half to down Kings

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Pau Gasol registered 26 points with 16
rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls in a 104-86 victory over the Sacramento
Kings on Tuesday night.

Tony Snell contributed a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Derrick
Rose deposited 23 points with seven assists for Chicago, which has won three
straight entering a divisional matchup against Cleveland on Thursday to close
out the first half of the season.

The Bulls’ leading scoring, Jimmy Butler, did not return to the game after
halftime due to a strained right shoulder. He finished with five points on 2-
of-8 shooting.

Sacramento has lost four of its last five and will travel to Milwaukee on
Wednesday before it breaks for All-Star Weekend.

The game against the Bucks might be Tyrone Corbin’s last as Kings head coach.
According to reports, Sacramento is ironing out the kinks of a four-year
contract for veteran coach George Karl, who is expected to roam the Kings’
sidelines after the break. Corbin was named coach when Michael Malone was
unexpectedly fired in December.

Rudy Gay went for 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points with eight
rebounds and eight assists in the loss.

Snell hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-3 run that gave Chicago a 30-21
lead late in the first.

Sacramento then bridged the first and second quarters with a 7-0 run to pull
within two. Nikola Mirotic capped a 14-5 spurt for the Bulls with a trey that
stretched the lead to 44-33. The Kings used another 7-0 run to cut into the
deficit, but they trailed 57-49 at the break because of Rose’s personal 8-3
run to close out the final minute.

Snell, who scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the first half, picked up
right where he left off in third quarter in place of Butler, netting five
points during a 9-2 run for Chicago.

Sacramento was limited to just four points over the first 7:33 of the third as
the Bulls’ lead swelled to 23. Chicago led 84-64 entering the fourth and
coasted to the finish.

Game Notes

Gasol shot 11-of-15 from the floor in his 13th straight double-double …
Chicago has won five straight over the Kings at United Center. The last
Sacramento win in the Windy City came on Dec. 21, 2009 … No players other
than Gasol, Rose and Snell scored in double figures for the Bulls … Ben
McLemore and Ray McCallum each had 11 points in the setback … The Kings shot
2-of-12 from beyond the arc … Chicago, which committed just seven turnovers,
scored 15 points off 13 Sacramento giveaways.