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Kings shock Bulls after trailing by 35 points, win 102-98

Posted by rc360 on December 22, 2009

Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings goes to the basket past John Salmons #15 of the Chicago Bulls during the NBA game on December 21, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings goes to the basket past John Salmons #15 of the Chicago Bulls during the NBA game on December 21, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

(This story appeared on the front page of the Sacramento Press on Dec. 22.)

The Sacramento Kings trailed by a score of 79-46 points to the Chicago Bulls in the third quarter, Monday night.

Kings fans were most likely turning off their TVs and radios expecting the first blowout of the year.

A sold out United Center was celebrating what was supposed to be a surefire Bulls win.

The ending was the exact opposite.

The Kings mounted an incredible 58-19 run in the final 21 minutes as the team completed a seemingly impossible comeback, defeating the Bulls 102-98.

It was the biggest second-half comeback in NBA history and the second biggest comeback overall. The Utah Jazz had a 36-point comeback against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 27, 1996.

Kings star rookie Tyreke Evans had 16 of his team-high 23 points in the final 14 minutes of the game and added another team-high of eight rebounds.

“It was amazing,” Evans said after the game. “We never stopped fighting.”

2009 NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose led the Bulls (10-16) with 24 points, but shots didn’t go in for him or his team in the second half.

“Some of our shots that weren’t falling are shots that we usually make,” Rose said. “Sometimes it’s tough playing with a big lead.”

Jon Brockman was a crucial part of the Kings’ comeback. He had five rebounds in the last four minutes and 19 seconds of the game. Three of the rebounds were on the offensive side.

“The guy who turned the game around for us was Jon Brockman,” Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal said. “He did everything out there and gave our offensive players a chance to score.”

The rookie Brockman missed the first two games of the Kings road trip after injuring his back against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Ime Udoka scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. He made three 3-pointers in the game, doubling his season total.

Kings forward Andres Nocioni scored three points in his return to Chicago for the first time since being traded with Drew Gooden and Michael Ruffin to the Bulls for former Kings players Brad Miller and John Salmons.

The Kings (13-14) will return home to ARCO Arena to play the Cleveland Caviliers on Wednesday.

Click here to read the story on Sacramento Press.

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