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"When you sign a $40 million contract, you cannot sit out on national TV." - Malone on Rudy Gay
In the victory over shorthanded Chicago, Kings had a season-high 26 assists. Previous high was 23.
DeMarcus Cousins said playing on national TV will show people that the Kings are a good team this year, not same ol' Kings.
And I made it through the night without any Twitter spoilers to Scandal. Off to Minnesota tomorrow.
TNT game = tight deadline. story already in. Had to get out the locker room before Cousins, Williams talked. Will add them to blog later
"I don't care if we were on national tv or the home shopping network." -Michael Malone
Malone is on fire in the press conference.
Favorite stat of the night: 26 assists for the Kings & 12 assists/1 turnover from Darren Collison.
Final: Kings beat Chicago 103-88.
Final: Kings 103, Bulls 88. 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists for Cousins. Gay 20 points, 7 rebs 3 asts. Collison 17 points, 12 assists.
Kings have a season-high 24 assists.
I can't believe how many people are bouncing out early. Someone hit the fire alarm?
The Sacramento Kings are going to improve to 7-5 on the season after this win against the Bulls. Very solid start to the season.
Cousins rips down a board in the middle of 3 Bulls. Spins it right back in. 20/14/4 tonight for the big fella.
Cousins just got smacked in the face. No foul call.
Cousins smacked in the face. Down under the basket, but he looks fine.
Cousins scores over Noah to give Kings 97-84 lead, 3:29 to play.
Strong defense by Thompson. Smart play by Collison to pull it back on the break. Kings are getting smarter.
Rudy Gay has been dealing with Achilles tendinitis and is wearing the Kobe shoes designed after Kobe tore his Achilles.
Chris Webber shooting a Tshirt cannon, looking terrified
88-80 Kings, 6 minutes to play.
Cousins just told the Kings from the bench that they need to "relax, relax, relax."
That's the second time Butler has come away with an offensive rebound from behind Gay in this quarter.
Cousins just picked up his 5th foul. J.T. is in for him with Kings up 88-77
Darren Collison with another double-double. 15 points, 10 assists.
Cousins is about to enter the game. Which probably means that Noah is about to exit the game.
Kings are up 84-93 with 9:02 to play. Cousins will check in with Casspi at the line.
Another official sellout tonight in Sacramento. Very good crowd for the TNT crew.
Derrick Williams has 10 points. He had 11 all season before tonight.
Williams ole defense is only covered up by how Noah blew that layup.
Play is delayed to clean up spilled popcorn on the basket. Can't have guys slipping on butter.
Hot buttered popcorn spilled all over the baseline. Cmon, national audience tonight watching Sac and this is why we can't have nice things.
Kings up 80-68 after 3Q. Cousins 16p, 11r, 4a. Collison 13p, 9a.
Headed to 4th in Sacramento, Kings lead shorthanded Bulls 80-68.
Former King Aaron Brooks has 12 points, 4 assists off the bench for Chicago.
Rudy Gay, who has been questionable for right Achilles tendinitis over past couple games, but has played has been icing foot on bench
We've got a Darren Collison vs. Aaron Brooks duel going on now.
Cousins to the bench. Kings lead 78-66 with a min left in the 3Q.
Cousins just picked up his fourth foul.
Cousins called for his third foul. Runs to the other end and gets in a defensive stance.
20 assists against 10 turnovers for the Kings.
Collison with 9 assists tonight. The Kings have 20 for the game.
“MVP-MVP-MVP!” chants from the Sacramento crowd for Cousins.
Cousins started the game 1-of-7 from the field. Now 6-for-13 with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Bulls call timeout down 72-61, 3:19 left in the third. Bulls unhappy with the refs. Boogie has 14 points, 10 rebs, 4 assists.
Cousins with the double-double. That’s 5 straight and 9 in 12 games.
With Noah out, Kings feed Cousins in the post. Goes right through the double-team.
Joakim Noah flustered, frustrated, now issued a tech. Can't have a happy day in this building evidently. An ejection for the ages last yr
Noah just picked up his 5th foul and a tech. This time he didn't hit the refs with F-bombs like last season when he was ejected here.
Joakim Noah is MELTING DOWN.
That’s only the second foul on DeMarcus Cousins.
Rookie Nik Stauskas has yet to play tonight for the Sacramento Kings.
Apologies, Ryan Hollins had a flagrant 1 before the half. Accidentally typed 2, which would have resulted in ejection.
Derrick Williams back to the table.
Oh BTW, Go Bears, good job against Syracuse.
Kings up 52-47 at half. 13 points for Gay, 10 for Williams and 8 for Casspi. Butler has 10 points to lead Chicago.
Ryan Hollins brief appearance results in a flagrant 2.
Ryan Hollins just called for a flagrant 1. 2 FTs for Hinrich and possession for the Bulls with 2.8 secs before halftime.
Flagrant 1 for Hollins.
Ryan Hollins had a heart to heart at half court with Hinrich. Veteran guard not too happy with the Kings big.
When are they going to show the Raiders score on the big screen here?