Kings rally from 35 down vs. Bulls

December 22, 2009

Tyreke Evans and the Kings pulled off an incredible comeback Monday night, rallying from 35 points down in the second half to stun the host Bulls 102-98.

The Bulls led 79-44 with 8 minutes, 50 seconds left in the third quarter and were still up 83-50 two minutes later before the Kings began their rally.

Evans outscored the Bulls 9-3 over the final 2:13 and finished with 23 points for the Kings, who have their first two-game road winning streak since late in the 2007-08 season.

After the Kings finished the third with a 19-5 run to make it 88-69, Ime Udoka scored 15 points in the first 9:32 of the fourth to cut it to 95-91. That's when Evans, the outstanding rookie guard from Memphis, took over.

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 made one of two free throws. After Rose missed a layup, Beno Udrih clinched the victory with two free throws.

• Jameer Nelson struggled in his return from knee surgery, coming off the bench to score only two points in the Magic's 104-99 win over the Jazz. Nelson, who had not played since Nov. 18, missed all eight of his shots.

AP

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