The Sacramento Kings made things close at the United Center against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, but the home team ultimately prevailed, 93-87.
For a look at the complete box score, check out NBA.com.
The Bulls never won a quarter by more than two points in their season opener and the Kings almost came back on them down the stretch, but the play of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton was too much for Sacramento.
The Bulls got off to a 44-40 halftime lead and never looked back. Each player who played for Chicago scored, led by Noah. It's that kind of team effort that will be needed for the Bulls with Derrick Rose out due to injury.
Noah finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals and three blocks, while Hamilton finished with 19 points.
Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins were the big players for the Kings. Evans had 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block, while Cousins ended with 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Player of the Game: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Wow, what a game Joakim Noah had in Chicago.
The sixth-year center racked up 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals and three blocks for the hosts on Wednesday night, contributing in multiple areas while helping the Bulls hold the Kings to 40 percent shooting.
Next Up for Kings
Sacramento heads into Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Target Center. It will be Minnesota's first game of the 2012-13 season.
Next Up for Bulls
The Bulls charge into Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. It will be the Cavaliers' second game of the season after beating the Washington Wizards to open the season on Tuesday.