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Originally published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM

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Kings hit a highlight with a big blowout victory

Sacramento has a near-perfect first half in 121-79 blowout

At a glance

Record: 23-43, moving up to fourth in the Pacific Division.

Next up: Sunday, at Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 p.m.

Notable: The attendance Wednesday in Sacramento was 14,426.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings rarely hear this from the opposition after a game:

"They just kicked our (butt)," Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson said. "Period. Simple, point blank. That was a good old-fashioned (butt) whoopin'."

That it was.

The Kings had their way in their most lopsided victory of the season, a 121-79 rout of the Bulls on Wednesday night.

The Kings played without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins (left quadriceps contusion). But it didn't matter as they led by as many as 45 points — their biggest advantage of the season.

"We couldn't stop them," said Robinson, a former Washington Husky. "It starts with our defense. We just couldn't stop them. No matter what they did. No matter what shot they put up, (it seemed like) they made. It felt like they didn't miss the whole game. It felt like that was the first team in NBA history to go 100 percent."

Tyreke Evans almost had a perfect shooting night. He missed only twice in 13 attempts and finished with 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.

In the first quarter, the Kings scored 34 points. At halftime, the Kings had a season-low one turnover and led 65-36.

Evans said the big lead and final result weren't surprising to the Kings.

"I think it started from practice," Evans said. "We prepared well for them, and I knew how to come out and be aggressive."

The Kings (23-43) committed a season-low five turnovers while allowing a season low in points. They also forced 17 turnovers and held the Bulls (35-29) to 38.6 percent shooting.

"Since I've been a Sacramento King, this is probably the best game we've played," said second-year guard Isaiah Thomas, another former Husky. "We just played together, made shots, stayed in attack mode and played defense."

KINGS 121, BULLS 79

CHICAGO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Deng 32:32 5-12 0-0 3-4 2 0 10
Boozer 29:22 8-12 5-6 1-7 4 4 21
Noah 29:22 3-8 0-0 3-9 3 3 6
Robinson 34:28 7-9 4-5 0-1 3 3 19
Belinelli 22:25 0-9 0-0 0-1 2 1 0
Butler 22:53 2-10 2-2 2-2 1 0 6
Mohammed 18:38 0-3 2-2 2-5 2 2 2
Teague 13:32 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 0 6
Radmanovic 15:28 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 4 0
Cook 21:20 4-12 0-0 0-5 1 2 9
Totals 32-83 13-15 12-39 19 19 79
Percentages: FG .386, FT .867. Three-point goals: 2-21, .095 (Robinson 1-2, Cook 1-6, Teague 0-2, Butler 0-3, Radmanovic 0-3, Belinelli 0-5). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 17 (23 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Cook, Mohammed, Teague). Turnovers: 17 (Boozer 3, Cook 3, Teague 3, Deng 2, Radmanovic 2, Robinson 2, Belinelli, Noah). Steals: 2 (Deng, Robinson). Technical fouls: None.
SACRAMENTO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Salmons 30:17 2-10 0-0 0-2 2 1 5
Patterson 20:18 6-7 0-0 1-9 2 3 14
Thompson 25:48 4-8 4-4 0-3 1 3 12
Thomas 28:03 8-14 4-4 0-3 3 0 22
Evans 36:24 11-13 3-4 1-5 7 3 26
Aldrich 23:43 2-5 2-2 1-6 0 2 6
Hayes 26:11 3-5 4-7 4-8 1 1 10
Thornton 12:00 3-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 7
Douglas 19:57 3-5 3-3 0-3 1 3 10
Fredette 11:36 3-6 2-2 0-0 0 0 9
Outlaw 5:43 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 45-83 22-26 7-40 17 16 121
Percentages: FG .542, FT .846. Three-point goals: 9-23, .391 (Patterson 2-2, Thomas 2-5, Douglas 1-2, Fredette 1-2, Thornton 1-2, Evans 1-3, Salmons 1-5, Outlaw 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 5 (8 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Aldrich, Evans, Thompson). Turnovers: 5 (Evans 2, Aldrich, Thomas, Thompson). Steals: 9 (Douglas 3, Evans 3, Hayes, Patterson, Thomas). Technical fouls: Thomas, 0:28.3 first.
Chicago 20 16 24 19 — 79
Sacramento 34 31 28 28 — 121
Attendance: 14,426 (17,317). Time: 2:03. Officials: Joe Crawford, Sean Corbin, Kevin Scott.

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