Bulls Game Notes For Thursday @ Sacramento

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* The Kings have beaten the Bulls by 42 (121-79 on 3/13/13) and 29 (99-70 on 2/3/14) points in the latter’s last two trips to Sacramento; since the 2012-13 season, the Bulls have had only three other losses by 29-plus points.

* The Bulls beat the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, 105-89, and they have won their first six road games of the season for the first time since 1996, which was one of their championship seasons.

* The Kings lost to the Pelicans on Tuesday, 106-100, and have lost four of their last five games after starting out the season with a 5-1 record.

* DeMarcus Cousins has recorded four straight double-doubles, which is tied for the longest active streak (also Jordan Hill). Cousins (22.5/11.6) and Anthony Davis (25.5/11.4) are the only players averaging 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds this season (minimum 9 games).

* In his last three home games against the Kings, Joakim Noah has averaged 22.7 points and 10.7 rebounds; in his last three games in Sacramento, Noah has scored a combined total of 19 points (6.3 ppg) and 17 rebounds (5.7 rpg).

* Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.3 points per game, up from 13.1 ppg a season ago — that increase of 8.2 ppg is the second highest in the league this year (Evan Fournier +8.9; minimum 75 percent of team games played). Butler has averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists over his last three contests.

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