Tyreke Evans and the Sacramento Kings pulled off an incredible comeback, rallying from 35 points down in the second half to stun the Bulls, 102-98, last night in Chicago.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the NBA's biggest comeback since Utah overcame a 36-point deficit to beat Denver on Nov. 27, 1996.
The Bulls led 79-44 with 8:50 left in the third quarter and were still up 83-50 2 minutes later before they collapsed.
Evans personally outscored Chicago 9-3 over the final 2:13 and finished with 23 points for Sacramento, which has its first two-game road winning streak since late in the 2007-08 season.
After Sacramento finished the third with a 19-5 run to make it 88-69, Ime Udoka scored 15 of the Kings' next 22 points in 9:32 to cut it to 95-91. That's when Evans, the outstanding rookie guard from Memphis who grew up in Chester, took over.
Evans 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 win with two more free throws.
Deng scored 26 points and Rose added 24 for the Bulls, who were booed off the court.
In other games:
* At Indianapolis, Andrew Bogut scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to an 84-81 victory over the Pacers. * At Orlando, J.J. Redick had 20 points, Rashard Lewis scored 18 and the Magic blew past Utah, 104-99, with some potent three-point shooting. Redick and Lewis led a 15-2 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away, highlighting a 9-for-21 night from beyond the arc for Orlando.
Jameer Nelson returned for the Magic for the first time since he had knee surgery Nov. 18 and finished with two points in limited play.
* At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 19 points and Roger Mason Jr. helped give the Spurs a bench advantage in a 103-87 victory over the Clippers. Mason finished with 12 points as San Antonio's reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts, 41-27.