The Kings were impressed with the Bulls. They were also appalled that they had allowed 33 fast-break points and thought the could've won the game.
"I'm going to start off by saying the Bulls won 62 games last year," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "They had the best regular-season team in basketball and they've improved their team. They're a very, very good team. They don't beat themselves and they're great defensively. They play together offensively and I was very impressed by them.
"Having said that, I'm not happy at all tonight. We could have and should have won that game and it's not an excuse for our team to be so young. There are reasons. There are things we have to work on. It's pathetic the way get got back on defense. If we had just done that and made our free throws, we would've won the game."
The Kings were 20 of 34 from the line.
"The Bulls are a great team," Marcus Thornton said. "They found a way to execute and we tried to chip away --- that's what a great team does."
Said Chuck Hayes: "Chicago showed everybody why they're a contending team. They never panicked. They ran their stuff and they knew exactly what they wanted to do. You've got to give them credit but it's frustrating because it's little things like getting back on transition. You have to win at home because it's hard to win on the road in this league."