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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-19

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-19

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-19The Bulls got off to a great start on their six-game trip, scoring 100 points for the first time all season in a win at Sacramento on Tuesday.

For once, the Bulls brought some offensive firepower to the court. They hadn't scored more than 94 points in the first nine games of the season. They also improved their league-worst 3-point percentage by hitting 7 of 12 attempts against the Kings.

Guard John Salmons snapped out of a shooting slump to score 23 points. Maybe it's good news that the Bulls reached 101 points in Sacramento even with guards Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich combining to hit just 3-of-21 shots.

The Bulls began the trip with a modest 5-4 record, but it marked their best nine-game start since the 1997-98 season and was just the second time this decade they headed out on the annual circus trip with a winning record.

They've also played one of the toughest opening schedules in the league, with opponents posting a 50-35 record through Monday.

The second stop on the Bulls' six-game road trek is the Staples Center for a date with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Lakers forward Pau Gasol hasn't played yet this season because of a hamstring injury. But he practiced Monday and suggested it's possible he could return to face the Bulls. Gasol scored 34 points against the Bulls last year in Los Angeles. The Lakers have won four straight in the series, and three in a row at Staples Center.

BULLS 101, KINGS 87: Guard John Salmons had a productive return to Sacramento, scoring 23 points as the Bulls opened their annual circus trip with a victory at Arco Arena. The Bulls got a nice boost from the bench to open a lead they never relinquished. Starting with a 3-point basket at the first-quarter buzzer, guard Jannero Pargo scored 10 points on four possessions to help the Bulls open a nine-point lead, which grew to 17 in the third quarter. Forward Luol Deng added 16 points, while center Joakim Noah completed his fifth straight double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Donte Greene, who played in place of injured forward Andres Nocioni, led the Kings with 24 points.

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