CHICAGO, IL - A balanced scoring attack in the absence of Derrick Rose is what the Chicago Bulls were looking for, and that's exactly what they got in a 93-87 season-opening win over the Sacramento Kings.
Joakim Noah totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer added 18 and eight and Richard Hamilton netted 19 points in the victory.
Kirk Hinrich, starting at point guard with Rose still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Chicago's first playoff game last April, shot just 1-for-7 from the floor but handed out seven assists and only committed two turnovers.
Rose is not expected to return any time soon and possibly not at all this season. Without the former league MVP, the Bulls lost their opening round postseason series against the Philadelphia 76ers despite being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year.
Tyreke Evans scored 21 points to lead the Kings, who have finished in last place in the Pacific Division the past four seasons. Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins added 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss.