Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
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Kings110
Game 2: Friday, February 20th
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Bulls83

Bulls 99

(4-10, 3-4 away)

Kings 110

(9-4, 7-0 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    5:00 PM ET, November 23, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 38 11 14 3699
    SAC 34 35 23 18110

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Crawford 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Peeler scores 15 in second quarter

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- While the Chicago Bulls went from unstoppable to embarrassing and back again, the Sacramento Kings remained calm and consistent.

    Peja Stojakovic had 21 points and Anthony Peeler scored 15 of his season-high 18 in the decisive second quarter of the Kings' fifth straight victory, 110-99 over the Bulls on Sunday night.

    The Bulls seemed to have a front-row seat in a roller coaster, sandwiching two of their worst quarters of the season between their two best. Chicago scored 38 points in the first and 36 in the fourth -- and just 25 in the middle two when Sacramento built an insurmountable lead in Chicago's fifth straight loss.

    When the Bulls were clicking, they seemed capable of pushing Sacramento out of the league scoring lead in one night. But Sacramento matched Chicago's proficiency -- and the Kings kept it up all night.

    "Wow. I haven't seen that since AAU ball," Sacramento center Brad Miller said. "The way those guys were hitting those 3's, the way they moved the ball, the way they pump-faked and got a good shot. They were scoring from everywhere on the court."

    Bobby Jackson had 16 points and six rebounds for the Kings, who easily survived two prolonged defensive lapses in their ninth consecutive win over Chicago and their 14th straight home victory.

    The Bulls made 11 straight shots in the final minutes of a high-scoring first quarter, but Peeler made four 3-pointers in the second as Sacramento steadily pulled away.

    "It isn't as hard when they're wide open," Peeler said. "When you're feeling like that, all you can say is, 'Give me the ball.' Everybody was finding me, and it was great to finally start getting on a roll in this arena."

    Six players scored in double figures for the Kings, who took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulls' starters scored 15 straight points against Sacramento's reserves, but Chicago still fell well short.

    "They're the type of team that can run hot and cold," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "There were a couple of times when they were making every shot. We just said, 'We've got to stay close to them.' Once they started missing shots and we got a little bit more pressure on shots, it started turning around."

    Jamal Crawford scored 16 of his 19 points after halftime for the Bulls. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Eddy Curry had 18 points.

    Mike Bibby had 12 points and seven assists for Sacramento, which set a franchise record with 12 3-pointers in the first half. Most of them were wide open, thanks to the Kings' signature ball movement and the Bulls' stationary defense.

    "They hit shots with hands in their face, people in their face, feet in their face," Chandler said. "They made a lot of tough shots. They're the best passing team, and tough to defend."

    In the final four minutes of the first quarter, the Bulls scored 19 points and turned a 27-19 deficit into a 38-34 lead with their most prolific quarter of the season.

    Normalcy quickly returned as the Kings rolled to a 69-49 halftime lead with a 28-7 run. It took the Bulls until early in the fourth quarter to score their next 38 points.

    "They made a lot of shots from long distance," said Chicago coach Bill Cartwright, whose job security is rumored to be tenuous. "That was tough to overcome."

    Sacramento has won 23 straight against Eastern Conference teams at home. The Kings also have won the first two games of an eight-game homestand at Arco Arena, where they have the NBA's best home record over the last four seasons.

    Scottie Pippen got his second straight start at point guard for the Bulls, but Miller had more assists (seven) than Pippen (three). Jalen Rose, the subject of numerous trade rumors, had nine points in 26 minutes.

    Game notes


    The Kings will retire Mitch Richmond's jersey in a ceremony Dec. 5. Richmond, the first star of the franchise's Sacramento era, led the Kings in scoring for seven straight seasons before he was traded for Chris Webber. ... Sacramento had just one 3-pointer after halftime, falling short of the 1989 franchise record of 16. ... Two days after recording his first career triple-double, Miller had 10 rebounds, seven assists and five points on 2-for-9 shooting. ... Curry had his ninth straight game in double figures.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHI
    SAC
    Points 99 110
    FGM-FGA 42-81 (.519) 41-89 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 13-25 (.520)
    FTM-FTA 10-16 (.625) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-34 14-51
    Assists 23 31
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 8 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Chicago
    Sacramento
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0