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Marvin Bagley had 21 points and nine rebounds, Harry Giles added 16 points and the Kings beat the Chicago Bulls 129-102 on Sunday.

 

Bagley scored 14 points in the second half to help the Kings pull away, made a handful of big plays including a coast-to-coast layup after blocking a shot by Robin Lopez, and finished one rebound shy of his 14th double-double this season.

 

Giles complemented Bagley on the interior, and took a pass from his rookie teammate and dunked to put Sacramento up 88-61 in the third quarter. Giles also tied his career high with three blocks.

 

The Kings needed it as they continue to maintain slim hopes of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought. Sacramento, 4-8 since the All-Star break, began the day six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the crowded Western Conference.

 

Buddy Hield added 16 points and inched closer to the Kings' single-season record for 3-pointers, Harrison Barnes scored 15 points and De'Aaron Fox had 17 to help Sacramento complete a second straight season sweep of Chicago.

 

Zach LaVine had 18 points for the struggling Bulls (19-52). Chicago has lost five straight.

 

Hield made two 3s and has 231 this season. He needs 10 more to break Peja Stojakovic's single-season Kings record set in 2003-04. Stojakovic is currently Sacramento's assistant general manager.

 

The Kings trailed early but got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic to end the first quarter, then opened the second with a 20-4 run.

 

Hield had 10 points during the surge, Bagley split a pair of defenders on a three-point play, and Harrison Barnes added a breakaway dunk to put Sacramento ahead 44-27.

 

Things got chippy when Lopez and Giles picked up offsetting technical fouls with 1 second left in the first half.

 

Lauri Markkanen had 11 points and has scored in double figures for the 29th consecutive game, the longest streak by a Chicago player in eight years.

 

The Bulls are at Phoenix on Monday.

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