CHICAGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Joakim Noah
made four of the seven free throws Chicago hit in the final 35 seconds Wednesday that pushed the Bulls past Sacramento 93-87.
A jump shot by Tyreke Evans brought the Kings within 86-83 with 43 seconds to play, but Chicago held on at the foul line while opening defense of its Central Division title.
Noah made two free throws with 24 seconds left to boost Chicago's lead to 91-85 and then accounted for the final score by hitting two more with 15 seconds remaining.
Noah paced the Bulls with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Richard Hamilton added 19 and Carlos Boozer chipped in 18. Chicago made 25 free throws to just 13 for the Kings.
Evans scored 21 points in leading Sacramento.
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