Led by rookie Evans, Kings rally from 35-point deficit to beat Bulls 102-98

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The Chicago Bulls are struggling so badly, not even a 35-point lead on their home court is safe.
Rookie Tyreke Evans dominated the Bulls down the stretch, leading the Kings to a huge comeback en route to a 102-98 victory Monday night.
"Wow! All I can say is, 'Wow!"' Evans said. "We fought to the end. It was amazing."
Indeed, it was one of the most amazing comebacks in NBA history.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the biggest rally since Utah overcame a 36-point deficit to beat Denver on Nov. 27, 1996.
"I mean, what can you say? It's unheard of to do what just happened," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "I'm not even sure I believe it, but it sure was fun."
The Bulls were talking about a collapse, not a comeback.
"This one stings," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We stopped being aggressive, got a little complacent there and they jumped on it. We're not good enough to take a minute off, never mind a half."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Cleveland 109 Phoenix 91; San Antonio 103 Los Angeles Clippers 87; Orlando 104 Utah 99; and Milwaukee 84 Indiana 81.
At Chicago, the Bulls led 79-44 with 8:50 left in the third quarter, and were still up 83-50 two minutes later before the Kings stole momentum and, eventually, the game.
After Sacramento finished the third with a 19-5 run to make it 88-69, Ime Udoka scored 15 of the Kings' first 22 points in the fourth quarter to cut it to 95-91 with 2:28 remaining.
Evans, the outstanding rookie guard from Memphis, then personally outscored the Bulls 9-3 the rest of the way.
He converted a three-point play and, after Chicago's Luol Deng made a free throw, scored on a drive and hit a foul shot to give the Kings their first lead since the opening minutes. Evans then hit a 22-footer at the shot-clock buzzer to put Sacramento up 99-96.
Derrick Rose made two free throws to cut it to 99-98 before Evans hit one of two foul shots. After Rose missed a layup, Beno Udrih clinched the win with two more free throws.
"I think we relaxed," said Deng, who scored 26 points. "We were making mistakes defensively. We were just not aggressive and that carries over to offence. It's frustrating."
As the sellout crowd booed the Bulls off the court, Kings owner Gavin Maloof celebrated.
"If they didn't know who Tyreke Evans was, they know him now," he said. "It was magical."
Evans followed Rose to Memphis, where each played only one year of college ball before turning pro. Rose was last season's Rookie of the Year and Evans - one of just four NBA players averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists - is a front-runner for the award this season.
"I just kept attacking and never gave up," Evans said.
The Bulls were almost perfect in the first quarter, shooting 71 per cent, committing no turnovers, holding the Kings to 39 per cent shooting and forcing seven giveaways. Chicago built a 67-43 lead by halftime and opened the second half with a 12-1 run that seemingly put the game away.
But as the Bulls gradually came unglued - they were only 2 for 10 from the floor and committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter - Evans, Udoka and the Kings took control.
"This game was absolutely crazy," ex-Bull Andres Nocioni said. "I've played in many games with national teams and many games in the NBA and I've never seen anything like that. I don't know if we won the game or the Chicago Bulls lost the game."
The despondent Del Negro knew.
"It was a matter of us not being smart at either end," he said. "It's frustrating. It's difficult. But what are you going to do, put your head down and feel sorry for yourself? You've got to go play."
Cavaliers 109 Suns 91
At Phoenix, LeBron James and Mo Williams led a 15-0 fourth-quarter run and Cleveland handed the Suns their first home loss of the season.
Spurs 103 Clippers 87
At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 19 points and Roger Mason Jr. helped give the Spurs a decided bench advantage in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Magic 104 Jazz 99
At Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick had 20 points, Rashard Lewis scored 18 and the Magic blew past Utah with some potent three-point shooting.
Bucks 84 Pacers 81
At Indianapolis, Andrew Bogut scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, leading Milwaukee over Indiana.

Organizations: Kings, Chicago Bulls, Elias Sports Bureau Los Angeles Clippers

Geographic location: Chicago, Utah, Sacramento Memphis Denver Phoenix Cleveland San Antonio Orlando, Fla. Indianapolis Milwaukee Indiana

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